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Anticipated today, the Election Commission appeals to the Supreme Court for modification of electoral bonds order

  • Posted on March 15, 2024
  • Politics

The Election Commission has petitioned the Supreme Court to modify its order regarding electoral bonds. The EC clarified that it hadn't retained copies of documents submitted during hearings and requested their return. The SC is set to review this plea today alongside a petition from an NGO challenging the exclusion of the Chief Justice of India from a selection panel. Additionally, the court had directed the State Bank of India to disclose electoral bond details to the EC, which was complied with ahead of the deadline.

Anticipated today, the Election Commission appeals to the Supreme Court for modification of electoral bonds order Image Source

In a significant legal development, the Election Commission has urgently appealed to the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision concerning electoral bonds. The apex court, which is scheduled to convene today, is expected to address the Election Commission's plea along with a separate petition from an NGO challenging the exclusion of the Chief Justice of India from a selection panel.

The Election Commission emphasized that the Supreme Court's order acknowledged the submission of documents during hearings, to be retained by the poll panel. However, it clarified that it hadn't retained any copies and requested their return to comply with the court's directives. This appeal comes amidst a broader legal battle surrounding electoral bonds, underscoring the complexities and controversies surrounding political financing.

Moreover, the Election Commission's plea aims to rectify or modify a portion of the court's order, specifically regarding the return of documents, data, or information submitted in sealed covers. This move aligns with the EC's commitment to upholding transparency and ensuring compliance with legal procedures. The court's decision holds significant implications for the electoral process and the regulatory framework governing political funding.

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In a parallel development, the State Bank of India, as directed by the Supreme Court, disclosed electoral bond details to the Election Commission within the stipulated timeframe. This disclosure underscores the ongoing efforts to enhance transparency and accountability in electoral financing. Additionally, the EC promptly published the provided information on its official website, by the court's directives.

The legal proceedings underscore the intricate interplay between the judiciary, regulatory bodies, and civil society in shaping electoral policies and practices. As the Supreme Court convenes to deliberate on these matters, the outcome is poised to influence electoral transparency and accountability, thereby shaping the future trajectory of democratic governance.

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