The Election Commission of India on Tuesday served showcause notice to Aam Aadmi Party asking why its recognition as a political party should not be withdrawn for discrepancies in donations received.
Its notice read, “Now, therefore, the Election Commission hereby directs you to show cause as to why action should not be taken against Aam Aadmi Party under Para 16A of the Election Symbol (Reservation & Allotment) order 1968 for failure to follow the lawful directions and instructions as stated above.
“Your representation should reach the office of the Commission within 20 days from the date of receipt of the notice, failing which the matter will be decided on merits based on information available on record.”
The EC’s notice came after the Central Board of Direct Taxes in January informed the poll body that the donations filed by AAP with the income tax department were different than what was filed with the commission.
Arvind Kejriwal-led party has often been at the loggerheads with the EC particularly after the poll panel disqualified 21 of its MLAS in office for profit case earlier this year.
The party had then approached the High Court, which stayed the EC’s order asking it to provide the aggrieved MLAs to present their case through proper hearings. In its order, the High Court had said that violation of oral hearing norms by the EC and failure to communicate that (then Election Commissioner) OP Rawat after recusing had rejoined proceedings were the reasons to quash the 19 January order.