Delhi High Court finds BJP/Congress GUILTY of foreign funding
The landmark judgment by the Delhi High Court holding the Congress and the BJP guilty of taking foreign funds in violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act has exposed the deep rooted nexus between these parties and corporate houses. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) congratulates the Association for Democratic reforms on its victory which will go a long way in strengthening the process of electoral The High Court found the Congress and BJP guilty of accepting donations from the subsidiaries of Vedanta Resources, a company registered in England and Wales. It is to be noted that Vedanta is the same company to whom huge benefits have been bestowed by these two parties. Both the Congress and the BJP have taken donations running into several crores of rupees from foreign companies. The court also rejected the stand taken by ministry of home affairs for saying that FCRA has not been violated. It is shocking that the home ministry made a desperate and unsuccessful attempt to defend both the Congress and the BJP before the court, despite the fact that these parties have been regularly hiding from where more than 80% of their sources of funds. The High Court has now directed the home ministry of taking action against the Congress and the BJP within six months. The judgment raises serious questions on the role of the home ministry and would Mr Sushil Kumar Shinde who loves to speak on variety of issues now explain how his ministry took such a stand ?
Given below is the operative part of the judgment, which exposes Mr Shinde, the Congress and the BJP : The response by the Union of India which was supported by the Respondent No.3 (Congress) and Respondent No.4 (BJP) being found to be based on a wrong understanding of the law, we dispose of the writ petition issuing two directions. The first direction would concern the donations made by State Trading Corporation of India and Metals and Minerals Corporation of India shown in the books of accounts of the Respondent No.3 in respect whereof the stand taken is that the donations were actually made to National Students Union of India (NSUI) and that inadvertently the two donations were entered in the accounts of Respondent No.3. The first and the second respondent would investigate the matter with respect to the justification given to find out whether the same is a stray incident and possibly a mistake or otherwise. Depending upon the decision taken further action would be taken as per law. The second direction would concern the donations made to political parties by not only Sterlite and Sesa but other similarly situated companies/corporations. Respondents No.1 and 2 would relook and reappraise the receipts of the political parties and would identify foreign contributions received by foreign sources as per law declared by us hereinabove and would take action as contemplated by law. The two directions shall be complied within a period of six months from date of receipt of certified copy of the present decision.”
The AAP stands committed for complete transparency in the funding of political parties and has put all its donations on the party website. Despite this, the party has faced motivated and wild allegations, which it has strongly countered and will continue to work for clean funding in politics. The Congress and the BJP need to answer about their sources of funds and no amount of malicious campaign against the AAP, in which even the home ministry’s role is not above board, will reduce their dubious funding sources.