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Two years of snooze over Electoral bond by Supreme Court and its ramifications

Does the  Supreme Court of India has itself to blame for the erosion in its credibility and public confidence in its integrity the question pops up amidst legal circles.. 

The point of content is one abiding concern is the court’s reluctance to hear the petition against the Electoral Bonds. 

This is due to the fact for two years the Apex court of India  did not even list the petition filed in 2017 itself. 

In 2019 when it finally heard it briefly, it refused to order a stay before the general election. And though the general election was over in May, the then Master of the Roster CJI Ranjan Gogoi did not list it again till November when his term came to an end.

A seemingly helpless Election Commission of India  has been a mute spectator even as Electoral Bonds are again on sale between October 20 and 28, just ahead of the Bihar election.

A series of disclosures under the RTI have revealed that in 2017 both Reserve Bank of India and the Union Law Ministry had raised objections to the scheme. But their objections and those flagged by the Finance ministry and the ECI were overruled.

It is also now known that the bonds are not transparent. 

The BJP led modi Government amended the law to allow donations from foreign countries and removed the obligation to disclose the donations to the ECI. 

Its claim that donors remain anonymous has also turned out to be false. The electoral bond scheme is opaque and allows for money laundering as feared by the RBI.

But though the country may know the scheme to be corrupt, what explains the reluctance of the Supreme Court to hear the matter and put an end to it quips legal circles  

Surely Supreme Court  could have taken a decision in this two years Is n’t it ..  by putting  its seal of approval  or dispaproval  on the controversial scheme  

But the stoic silence  emanates umpteen of  private chats that doesn’t either augment prosperity for   Supreme Court  credibility or  public confidence in its integrity ..

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SaVeRa Has completed Applied Sciences in Thaigarajar Engineering College, Madurai and done PG Diploma in Foreign Trade and also obtained “Distinction“ in MBA from Madras university, Chennai. He Worked in UAE in International Trade for two years and then Started own business the age of 28... Due to genocide problem in Srilanka he resigned his treasurer post Indian Asean Srilanka Chamber of Commerce in 2009. He petitioned Sailesh Gandhi, Information Commissioner who is also grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and obtained the right to obtain Information from Central goverment under 8(1)(h) of RTI act. He has urge for writing and thanks to the advice from his friends founded a social media channel. He has interests in Aquarium, Organic Agriculture and reading.

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