SC puts a stay on electoral bonds, EC to receive details of donations

Political were parties asked to give details of donations received through electoral bonds to EC

New Delhi: Electoral bonds, which enable anonymous donations to political parties, will not be stopped, the Supreme Court said on Friday but asked all parties to submit details of donations to the Election Commission by May 30.

EC lawyer Rakesh Dwivedi said that the poll panel was not against the scheme as such; rather it was opposed to “anonymity attached to it”.

A petition had asked for the system of electoral bonds to be stopped for the sake of transparency in the poll process.

A bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said the transparency and anonymity in donations through the electoral bond, raised by petitioner NGO through Prashant Bhushan, raises weighty issues vital to the fairness of the electoral process.

“We have considered the matter. We examined the stand by the Election Commission. For the present, it needs hearing and it can’t be concluded in a short span of time. The court has to ensure interim arrangement and should not tilt favour of any party,” the judges said.

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