The Supreme Court on Tuesday, 22 November, agreed to hear a petition raising additional issues in connection with the Union Government's recent notification authorising the sale of fresh electoral bonds for the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections.
The apex court, however, said that the petition related to additional issues in the recent government notification will be heard with the main case regarding electoral bonds.
"We'll hear IA with the main matter", a bench led by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud said, according to LiveLaw.
The main case related to electoral bonds includes petitions challenging the provisions of the Finance Act 2017, which led to anonymous electoral bonds.
A bench of Justices BR Gavai and BV Nagarathna had said on 14 October, that these petitions will be heard on 6 December.
Now the petition related to sale of fresh electoral bonds in Gujrat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, will also be heard on 6 December.
In March 2021, the Supreme Court had rejected an application to stay the sale of electoral bonds ahead of the assembly polls in certain states.
The present petition came to the fore when the counsel sought an urgent listing before the top court saying that the sale of electoral bonds for Gujarat and Himachal Elections would be over soon.
According to the government's notification, the sale of electoral bonds will start on 9 November and end on 15 November.