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 ..