<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court has dismissed an application filed by the Aam Aadmi Party for early hearing in a petition filed against an order by the Lieutenant Governor (LG) to recover Rs 97 crore from the party for money allegedly spent by the Delhi government on advertisements.The party, in its plea, had sought quashing of the demand notice issued on March 30 by the Delhi government’s Department of Information and Publicity (DIP) on LG Anil Baijal’s direction to recover the amount. Justice Vibhu Bhakru rejected the plea stating that it is “not feasible”.”This is an application for early hearing. The same is not feasible. The application is dismissed,” the court said in its order thereby listing the matter for March 20, 2018 as earlier.The application filed on Monday stated that the court has given the next date of hearing for March 20, 2018 as it could not hear the matter due to other cases. It said that in the meanwhile, one of the advertisers namely Sandesh Limited has filed a recovery suit against the party in order to recover Rs 41,52, 507.The plea also stated that since other advertisers are also filing recovery suits, it is necessary for the court to hear the matter at the earliest.AAP CLAIMS BIASIn its plea, the party also submitted that the three member committee which was appointed by the Centre was biased when it held that the Delhi government had splurged exchequer’s money on advertisements projecting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his party in violation of Supreme Court guidelines.
The committee’s order of September 16 last year had come on a complaint from Congress leader Ajay Maken accusing the AAP government in Delhi of splurging public money on advertisements.
The panel had also said that the AAP should be made to reimburse the expenditure for the violation of the apex court’s May 13, 2015 order.