SC seeks response from Centre, EC on plea on stay on electoral bond scheme

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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 20: The Supreme Court on Monday sought response of the Centre and the Election Commission on a plea seeking stay on the electoral bond scheme meant for funding political parties.
The top Court, however, refused to grant an interim stay on the electoral bond scheme.
A Bench comprising Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant asked the Centre and the Election Commission to file their responses within 2 weeks to the interim application filed by NGO ‘Association for Democratic Reforms’ for staying the scheme.
Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the NGO, alleged that the scheme is a means for channelising unaccounted black money in favour of the ruling party.
Bhushan also referred to a document of the RBI while seeking stay of the scheme.
“We will see that. We are listing it after 2 weeks”, the Bench said.
Senior Advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for the EC, said all these arguments have already been advanced earlier and sought 4 weeks time to reply to the plea of the NGO against the scheme.
(PTI)