Supreme Court Strikes Down Electoral Bond Scheme, Citing Violation of Constitutional Right

ByTV10 Punjab

Feb 16, 2024
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15 February

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court has invalidated the Electoral Bond Scheme, asserting that it breaches citizens’ fundamental rights to information and freedom of speech and expression as enshrined in the Constitution. The five-judge constitution bench, led by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, delivered unanimous verdicts on petitions challenging the controversial scheme.

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Chief Justice Chandrachud emphasized that the scheme’s annulment stems from its encroachment on the freedom of speech and expression protected under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution. The bench further articulated that citizens’ fundamental right to privacy encompasses the right to political privacy.

The Electoral Bond Scheme, introduced through a government notification on January 2, 2018, has faced intense scrutiny for its impact on transparency in political funding. The court’s decision marks a pivotal moment in upholding democratic principles and safeguarding citizens’ constitutional rights.