The first phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 has been voted, now six-phase polling is going to happen. Between the Lok Sabha elections, the SC has given an interim order on election bonds. In his order, he has said that till 30th May, all the parties give information about donations.
The Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that all Political Parties should submit the information of Donation received till May 15 in the sealed envelope to the Election Commission by May 30. The Bench said that for transparency in the electoral process, it is necessary to disclose the available donations through electronic bonds. If the buyers of electoral bonds are not identified then the government’s attempt to curb black money in the elections will be “nonsense”.
The Supreme Court has reserved its decision on the petition of an NGO, which has challenged the legitimacy of the scheme. The NGO’s side is keeping senior advocate Prashant Bhushan in the Supreme Court. While opposing the arguments of the ADR, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal said that the purpose of this scheme is to prevent the use of black money during elections.
However, the opinion of the Central Government and the Election Commission on this scheme is also different. While the government wants to maintain the confidentiality of electoral bonds, the Election Commission’s favour is that the name of the donors should be made public for transparency. The central government told a leading bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that the election bond scheme was started to end black money in politics.
Venugopal said that the voters have the right to know about the people who have provided funds to their candidates. He said that the concern of voters is not to know about where the money came from. Transparency cannot be seen as ‘Mantra’.