New Delhi: Election Commission has informed the Supreme Court about getting electoral bonds from various political parties including BJP and Congress. The detailed report of filing of electoral bonds is found in sealed envelopes. The Election Commission filed an affidavit on Wednesday, 5 February 2020, and told the Supreme Court that according to their guidelines given on 12 April last year, political parties have submitted details of the electoral bonds received in sealed envelopes.
According to the information received, the Commission said in an affidavit that a total of 105 parties, including national, state-level national parties and state parties to unregistered political parties, have also given details of the electoral bonds they received. Where the Election Commission has given the details of these bonds of election funding to the Supreme Court in response to the petition of an NGO. At the same time, the petitioners had appealed to discontinue the Central Government's Electoral Bond Project, 2018.
The Central Government in its plan had made some rules to make the election funding transparent. Under this, only an Indian citizen can buy electoral bonds. A person can buy these bonds individually, and also jointly. These bonds will be encashed by an authorized bank only. The apex court had in April last year refused to put a stay on the Central Government's Electoral Bond Scheme, 2018, and made it clear that it would conduct an in-depth hearing on the petition as the Center and Election Commission impacted on the sanctity of the electoral process in the country.