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Fact Check: Did Pak Company Fund Political Parties in India Via EBs? Here’s The Truth

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Days after the Election Commission of India uploaded the Electoral Bonds (EBs) data on its website in compliance with the Supreme Court order, a screenshot of the EBs data showing ‘Hub Power Company’ as one of the purchasers is going viral on social media. Many users claim that the company is based out of Pakistan and it has donated more than ₹10 crore to the Congress party immediately after the Pulwama attack.

A Facebook user posted the screenshot with a caption: Immediately after the Pulwama attack, Pakistan’s power company Hub Power Company bought electrical bonds and donated it to an Indian political party. But to know to which party he donated, look at the pattern of donations on the same date. That is, Pakistan’s power company donated more than ₹10 crore to Congress party immediately after the Pulwama attack.

You can check the above post here. Another similar post can be seen here.

Meanwhile, many other users also made similar claims alleging that the company donated money to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) just days after the Pulwama attack.

A user posted the screenshot with the caption: पाकिस्तानीकंपनी Hub Power Company ने 18 अप्रैल 2019 को बीजेपी को चंदा दिया है । वो भी #पुलवामाहमले (14 फरवरी 2019) से सिर्फ 60 दिन बाद..। (English translation: Pakistani_company Hub Power Company has donated to BJP on 18 April 2019. That too, just 60 days after #Pulwama_attack (14 February 2019)…)

You can check the above post here. Other similar posts can also be seen here, and here.

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobille fact-checked the claim, and found it to be misleading.

With a keyword search, our team found the HUB Power Company listed on the Indiamart page. The company is listed as a wholesaler of Diwali lights, rechargeable bulbs, and Ormit LED bulbs in Delhi. The page also displayed the GST number of the company: ’07BWNPM0985J1ZX.’

Among other details, the page also carries the address details of the company, which is located in Delhi. The given address on the Indiamart page is ‘S/f- 2/40, Delhi-110031, India.’

You can check the above details here.

Using the company’s GST number, we found the company’s registered address in Delhi. The address listed on the official Goods and Services Tax portal is: S/F, 2/40, GEETA COLONY, DELHI, East Delhi, Delhi, 110031.

The address on the GST portal matches the address details given on the Indiamart page.

You can check the above GST ddetails here.

As the State Bank of India (SBI) has not yet disclosed data regarding the invisible alphanumeric number to the ECI, which is crucial for linking donors and political parties, it is not possible to determine whether the mentioned company has funded the Congress or BJP through Electoral Bonds.

You can check the above report here.

Additionally, upon visiting the official page of Pakistan’s Hub Power Company, we observed a slight diffrence in the company name compared to the one mentioned in the electoral bonds document. The company mentioned in the Electoral Bonds is listed as ‘HUB Power Company,’ whereas the Pakistani company is named ‘The Hub Power Company Limited (HUBCO).’

Thus, it is evident that the HUB Power Company, which purchased Electoral Bond, is not based in Pakistan. So, it is a false claim.

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