In a setback to the Kejriwal dispensation, Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal has directed that Rs 97 crore be recovered from AAP that was allegedly “splurged” by the city Government on advertisements in violation of the Supreme Court guidelines.
Also, Baijal ordered an enquiry into the spending on advertisements projecting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his party and asked the Chief Secretary to fix responsibility. 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, the Government has so far paid Rs 42 crore to ad agencies and the L-G has directed Chief Secretary MM 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 the AAP to the ad agencies, according to the LG’s directions.