The Income Tax department has issued a notice to Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party, citing discrepancies in the donors’ list submitted to tax officials and what had been put up on the party website.
Terming the notice as “malicious”, AAP alleged that the BJP-led NDA government is harassing the party and targeting its donors.
The donors list submitted by AA Party to the Election Commission and tax authorities varies from the one it had uploaded on its website, Times Now reported on Monday citing Income Tax department documents.
The report said that AAP was issued a show cause notice by the Income Tax department.
As per the report, the list was removed by the party within 24 hours from its website and reply was filed with the agencies. The party also accepted an ‘inadvertent error’ in its reply, the report said
AAP national treasurer Raghav Chadha said, “Initially, there was an inadvertent error in the list submitted to the income tax department, which has been rectified in the revised ITR after receiving the notice.”
To revise an IT return is the legitimate right of a party. Not even single donation is concealed by Aam Aadmi Party. We maintain 100 per cent transparency in donors’ details and the amount we receive. The IT department had issued us a notice and we have revised the IT return,” he said.
The party had removed the donors’ list from its website claiming that its donors were being harassed by tax officials.
Attacking AAP over the issue, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari alleged that the funding details of Aam Aadmi Party are “manipulated”.
“AAP seeking withdrawal of its accounts submitted to the authorities vindicates our stand. Arvind Kejriwal should make things clear right away as he has all through claimed to be champion of transparency in polity,” Tiwari said.
Hitting back, Kejriwal tweeted, “AAP receives less than 8% of its donations in cash against 70-80% cash donations by Congress-BJP.”