New Delhi, December 20
Delhi Governor V.K. Saxena has directed his general secretary to recover Rs 97 crore from the Aam Aadmi Party for political advertisements published under the guise of government advertisements, official sources said on Tuesday.
In 2016, the State Advertising Content Regulatory Commission ordered the Information and Advertising Agency (IAAD) to calculate the amount spent on such ads and provide compensation for certain advertisements published by the government that “seriously violated the guidelines.” the same from the ruling AAP, they added.
DIP estimated that Rs 97.14 crore was spent or booked due to “inappropriate advertising”.
“Of this, over Rs 42.26 crore has already been released by DIP, while Rs 54.87 crore of published advertisements remain unpaid,” the source said.
The 2017 DIP directed AAP to immediately pay over Rs 42.26 crore to the exchequer and pay the pending Rs 54.87 crore directly to advertising agencies or publications within 30 days.
“However, five years and eight months have passed, the DIP has not complied with the DIP’s order,” the source said.