Electoral bonds case: SC pulls up SBI for not furnishing details, asks ‘what steps have you taken in 26 days’ | India News


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday pulled up State Bank of India (SBI) over delay in disclosure of details about each electoral bond encashed by political parties and said it expects some candour from the bank, which is the authorised financial institution under the scheme.
“Our judgment is dated February 15. We are on March 11. In past 26 days, what steps you have taken? Nothing is stated.It should have been disclosed. In the last 26 days, what steps have you taken? Your application is silent on that. We expect some candour from the State Bank of India,” CJI Chandrachud said.
The national bank told the top court it needs time to submit details of electoral bonds to the Election Commission of India as it is still collating data.
The top court was hearing the application filed by SBI seeking extension till June 30 to disclose details of each electoral bond encashed by political parties before the scheme was scrapped last month.
In a landmark verdict delivered on February 15, a five-judge constitution bench scrapped the Centre’s electoral bonds scheme that allowed anonymous political funding, calling it ‘unconstitutional’. It had also ordered disclosure by the Election Commission of the donors, the amount donated by them, and the recipients by March 13.
On March 4, the SBI moved the apex court seeking extension till June 30 to disclose the details of the electoral bonds encashed by political parties.


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