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HC gives Centre 'last chance' to scrutinize accounts

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  10 Oct 2017 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, Oct 9: The Delhi high court on Monday gave the government “a fil opportunity” to inspect the accounts of several political parties – including the Congress and BJP – for traces of foreign funding.

The ministry of home affairs has been asked to comply with a 2014 judgment, which found both parties guilty of flouting Foreign Contribution [Regulation] Act (FCRA) norms by accepting dotions from Indian subsidiaries of UK-based Vedanta Resources, within a period of six months. “We are concerned with the compliance of the order,” the court said.

Section 4 of the FCRA prohibits a political party or legislator from accepting foreign contributions. The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), the NGO that filed the petition, sought a probe against parties that allegedly violated this rule.

On March 28, 2014, the high court ordered the election commission and home ministry to look into the accounts of political parties and take action within six months. However, the government – represented by standing counsel Monika Arora – wanted the deadline extended till March 31. “Besides being voluminous in ture, these records are a few decades old. Hence, it will take more time to collect, collate and alyse them,” it said.

Advocate Prav Sachdeva, appearing for the ADR, termed setting a six-month deadline as “unreasoble”. He further submitted that the government hadn’t acted on the matter even three years after the court verdict. (IANS)

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