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Electoral Bonds Scheme Amendment: SC directs new case be listed with petitions challenging the scheme

During the earlier hearing, the petitioners had alleged that there was anonymity involved in the electoral bonds scheme, while the Centre argued that the system was completely transparent. 

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A Supreme Court bench Will now hear the all the cases together on December 6.

By Srishti Ojha: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed that the petition challenging the fresh notification amending the electoral bond scheme be listed along with the batch of pleas challenging the Electoral Bonds scheme.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud directed the fresh petition to be listed on December 6, when a bench led by Justice BR Gavai is scheduled to hear the electoral bonds case.

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The fresh notification, which has been challenged by the current petition, has amended the scheme to provide an additional period of 15 days for the sale of electoral bonds in the year when general elections to the legislative assemblies of States and Union Territories are held.

Already, a batch of petitions challenging the electoral bonds scheme itself has been pending before the top court for over five years. The case was last taken up in October when a bench of Justice Gavai and Justice BV Nagarathna had observed that the case required a detailed hearing.

After hearing brief submissions on behalf of the petitioners and the Union Government, the court directed the case to be listed on December 6.

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While the petitioners had argued that there is anonymity involved in the Electoral Bonds scheme, the Union Government had argued that the system is completely transparent.

The earlier bench had also indicated that it would consider the issue of referral of the case to a larger bench, after a request seeking the same was made by the petitioners.