Arvind Kejriwal asked to pay Rs 163 crore ‘mis-spent’ on ads ‘within 10 days’

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The Directorate of Information and Publicity (DIP) of the Delhi government has asked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in his capacity as AAP National Convenor, to reimburse it for over Rs.163 crore spent on advertisements that violate Supreme Court Guidelines within 10 days.

These include advertisements distributed outside of Delhi, those that mention the AAP’s name, those that publicize the Chief Minister’s views on incidents in other states, and advertisements that target the opposition.

In 2016, Congress leader Ajay Maken filed a complaint with the Supreme Court-appointed Committee on Content Regulation of Government Advertising (CCRGA) alleging that the Delhi government was wasting money and violating Supreme Court guidelines in this regard.

The Committee  directed the Delhi Government to get the entire expenditure incurred on such categories of ads reimbursed to the state exchequer from the Aam Aadmi Party.

A review petition filed by the AAP but dismissed soon after followed by a demand notice from DIP. The AAP had approached the Delhi High Court against the notice but could not get a stay on the demand order.

“The assessed amount of Rs. 97,14,69,137 required to reimbursed to the State exchequer.

After reassessment in the financial year 2022-2023, an updated amount comes to be Rs. 106,42,26,121,” R. Alice Vaz, secretary of Information & Publicity wrote in her communication to Kejriwal.

The Directorate of Information and Publicity (DIP) of the Delhi government has asked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in his capacity as AAP National Convenor, to reimburse it for over Rs.163 crores spent on advertisements that violate Supreme Court Guidelines within 10 days.

She stated that the amount to reimbursed to the state exchequer included more than Rs. 99.31 crore in addition to more than Rs. 64.30 crores in penal interest. The AAP  also required to pay up to Rs. 7.11 crores to other advertising agencies, according to Vaz.

“As a result, a final opportunity to reimburse the amount…within 10 days of the issuance of this notice is hereby given, failing which further necessary action as per law will taken in this matter,” she said.

According to officials in Raj Niwas, it found that over Rs. 97 crores allegedly spent and payments worth Rs. 54 crores were pending.

They added that in 2017, the DIP had directed the AAP convener (Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal) to pay Rs. 42 crores to the state exchequer immediately, and directly pay the remaining amount to the advertising agencies involved within 30 days.

“Look at the use of unconstitutional control of officers in Delhi – BJP has got the Department of Information and Publicity secretary Alice Vaz (IAS) to send a notice saying that Arvind Kejriwal ji should pay for the ads published outside Delhi in 2017.

“Ads by CMs of BJP-led states across India  published in Delhi newspapers; there are hoardings with their photos in the whole of Delhi. Will the expenditure for these go to recovered from BJP CMs? Is this the reason BJP wants unconstitutional control over Delhi’s officers,” Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia tweeted.

 


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