Published On : Fri, Apr 12th, 2019

Supreme Court Verdict on Plea Seeking Stay on Operation of Electoral Bonds Today

New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday will pronounce its verdict on a plea seeking stay on the operation of electoral bonds. Earlier on Thursday, the apex court had reserved its order on a PIL challenging the government’s electoral bond scheme for political funding.

Rejecting the Centre’s appeal to let the use of electoral bonds continue till the end of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it would pronounce its order on the plea filed by NGO, Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Friday.

The NGO, which has challenged the validity of the scheme, has sought interim relief including that either the issuance of electoral bonds be stayed or the names of the donors be made public to ensure transparency in the poll process.

Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, supported the scheme saying the purpose behind it is to eliminate the use of black money in elections.

“So far as the electoral bond scheme is concerned, it is the matter of policy decision of the government and no government can be faulted for taking policy decision,” Venugopal said, adding the court can scrutinize the scheme after elections.