Electoral bonds

Seal of secrecy

Print edition : May 10, 2019

Members of the Citizens Whistle Blowers Forum, Admiral L. Ramdas, Supreme Court advocate Prashant Bhushan and founding member of the Association for Democratic Reforms Prof. Jagdeep Chhokar, addressing a press conference in New Delhi. A file picture. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

Information obtained by the social worker Chandrashekhar Goud under the Right to Information Act from SBI has revealed that between March 2018 and January 24, 2019, 99.8 per cent of the donations received by political parties were through electoral bonds of the highest denominations, Rs.10 lakh and Rs.1 crore.

Attorney General of India K.K. Venugopal. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

The Supreme Court direction to political parties to submit details of donations they received under the Electoral Bonds Scheme to the Election Commission in sealed covers makes the campaign for transparency in funding political parties more difficult.

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