New Delhi, March 30: Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal orders recovery of 97 crore rupees from Aam Aadmi Party (AAp) for violating Supreme Court guidelines on advertisements on Thursday. Lt. Governor has asked Chief Secretary MM Kutty to recover Rs 97 crore from the Arvind Kejriwal`s party for advertisements that reflected the party motives using the taxpayers money.
Baijal also ordered an inquiry into the spending on advertisements projecting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his party and asked the chief secretary to fix responsibility. The AAP will have to reimburse the money within a month.
Earlier, Comptroller and auditor general of India (CAG) report has shed light on the fact that the total expenditure of Rs 33.40 crore was incurred on releasing advertisements outside Delhi, violating the advertisement guidelines issued by the Supreme Court.
The CAG report revealed that over 85 per cent of the expenditure was incurred on one specific publicity campaign pertaining to ads released outside the national capital. The money was allegedly used by the city government on advertisements which was in violation of Supreme Court guidelines.
CAG had also found that the AAP government spent 29 crore rupees in releasing advertisements outside Delhi which was beyond its responsibility.
In 2015, the Supreme Court has said that government ads cannot feature Chief Ministers or other political leaders. It exempted photos of the Prime Minister, the President and the Chief Justice of India from its ban. Last year, the court relaxed its rules to permit photos of union ministers and Chief Ministers.