Electoral Bonds to Seriously Impact Transparency: EC Tells SC
The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Wednesday, 27 March, filed an affidavit saying electoral bonds and removal of cap on corporate funding would have "serious impact" on transparency regarding funding of political parties.
This affidavit is in response to the petitions challenging the scheme in Supreme Court. The EC pointed to two letters written by the watchdog to the government, expressing reservation on this scheme.
The petitions challenging the issuance of electoral bonds by the government will be heard by the Supreme Court on 2 April. It will be heard by a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna.
One of petitioners, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR)'s advocate Prashant Bhushan told the court that 95 percent of the electoral bonds sold so far have been in favour of one ruling political party. He called it a form of kickback, before the elections.
The application further said: "Electoral bonds are being made available for a large number of days in three months leading to general elections in the country scheduled to be held...in April-May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha.”