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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Centre and Election Commission on a plea filed by the BJP challenging the Delhi High Court’s verdict holding the ruling party and the Congress prima facie guilty of violating the foreign funding law by receiving donations from UK-based Vedanta Resources’ subsidiaries.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India(CJI) H L Dattu issued notice and linked the case with a plea filed by the Congress, which had also challenged the verdict.

The BJP contended that the High Court had erred in interpreting the law and Vedanta chief Anil Agarwal and members of his family held more than 50 per cent share in the company and any contribution made by them could not be deemed to be contributions from a foreign source.

It contended that Vedanta is owned by an Indian citizen, and its subsidiaries are incorporated here, therefore they are not foreign sources.The verdict was delivered on a PIL filed by NGO, Association for Democratic Reforms and E A S Sarma, a former Secretary.

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