The Supreme Court has agreed to hear to the electoral bond scheme ahead of the Delhi polls on February 8.
A three-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant listed the case for hearing in two weeks at the insistence of activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan who sought an urgent stay on the sale of electoral bonds ahead of the assembly polls in Delhi.
Prashant Bhushan alleged that the rules only envisaged sale of electoral bonds ahead of general elections, but the government had been opening the window to mop up funds ahead of every round of assembly polls. He sought an urgent stay on the bonds.
Prashant Bhushan also claim that the BJP government has received thousands of crores through electoral bonds, which was supposed to be operable only for a few days in a year during the Lok Sabha polls.
The CJI wanted to give four weeks to the Election Commission to respond to the plea for a stay but at Prashant Bhushan’s insistence, posted the case for hearing before the Delhi polls. Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi sought four weeks to file a reply opposing any hearing on the issue in the “middle of elections”.