New Delhi: Making serious charges against Aam Aadmi Party leaders, rebel leader Prashant Bhushan alleged that Ashish Khetan planted stories for Essar in Tehelka magazine where he used to work.
"Ashish Khetan planted stories for Essar in Tehelka. He wrote stories in favour of 2G accused. Essar paid Tehelka Rs 3 crore for its Thinkfest," he said.
He also claimed that another party leader Pankaj Gupta took Rs 2 crore from shell companies.
Bhushan was referring to Rs 2 crore donations to AAP exposed by rebel group Aam Aadmi Volunteer Action Manch (AVAM).
Following AVAM's allegations, the Income Tax department had asked AAP to explain donations of over Rs 2 crore to the party. The AVAM had claimed that AAP knowingly accepted funds from bogus firms. The AVAM had alleged that several companies who claim to have given funds to AAP have also given funds to others.
The concerned companies are also likely to be scrutinised. Notices by the I-T department are routine practices and are a matter of procedure.