Donors to political parties hiding PAN details
A total of 355 out of 456 donors from Delhi who contributed Rs.2.21 crores to political parties in 2012-2013 did not disclose their PAN details, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said here Wednesday.
ADR claimed this was in violation of a September 2013 Supreme Court order that stipulates that no part of Form 24A submitted by political parties providing details of donations above Rs. 20,000 should be blank.
None of the 346 donors from Delhi who donated Rs.2.16 crores to the Congress revealed their PAN details, ADR further alleged.
"None of the members of Congress who have donated to the party have declared their PAN details. These include Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Sachin Pilot, Meenakshi Natarajan, A.K. Antony, Jyotiraditya Scindia among others," ADR said in a statement.
It further said that CPI has three donors donating Rs. 4.21 lakhs without PAN details while Aam Aadmi Party has six such donors who contributed Rs. 1.62 lakhs.
ADR said the political parties received Rs. 6 crores as donations in the national capital.
"While Congress received Rs. 2.16 crores from 346 donors, CPM received Rs. 2.08 crores from 39 donors based in Delhi," the statement said.
At the national level, all the six national parties viz., Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party, Nationalist Congress Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, CPI and CPM together received Rs. 99.14 crores from 3,777 donors who made a contribution above Rs. 20,000.
The regional parties received Rs. 6.45 crores from 234 donors who donated above Rs. 20,000.
ADR further noted that BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) did not receive any donation above Rs. 20,000 in the financial year 2012-2013 as per records provided by the party.
It added: "Among the regional parties SAD (Shiromani Akali Dal) had the maximum number of donors (62) from all over India who donated Rs. 1.81 crores followed by AAP with 59 donors contributing Rs. 73.94 lakhs and RLD with 56 donors contributing Rs. 1.09 crores. The maximum amount was declared by Samajwadi Party where only 12 donors donated Rs. 2.24 crores."
Notably, among the regional parties, Janata Dal(United), INLD and Lok Janashakti Party were among those who did not submit their donation reports for the financial year 2012-2013.
(Posted on 13-08-2014)