Recover Rs 97 crore from AAP in 30 days for advertisements: Lt
Governor tells Chief Secretary
In a setback to the Kejriwal dispensation, Lt Governor Anil Baijal has
directed that Rs 97 crore be recoverd from AAP that was allegedly
"splurged" by the city government on advertisements in violation of
the Supreme Court guidelines.
The AAP will have to reimburse the money within a month. The move
comes months after a Centre-appointed three-member committee indicted
the AAP government for "misusing" exchequer money on advertisements.
Sources told PTI that out of Rs 97 crore incurred on advertisements,
government has so far paid Rs 42 crore to ad agencies and the LG has
directed Chief Secretary M M Kutty to get the amount reimbursed from
the AAP. The rest Rs 55 crore, which is yet to be paid by the Kejriwal
government, would be given by Aam Aadmi Party to the ad agencies,
according to the the LG's directions.
Last year, the three-member committee, headed by former Chief Election
Commissioner B B Tandon, had been constituted by the I&B ministry on
directions of the Supreme Court to address issues related to Content
Regulation in Government Advertising.