Election Commission makes electoral bonds data public

New Delhi, March 14 (UNI) Complying with the Supreme Court directive, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday made the electoral bonds data public by uploading it on its website.

“The Election Commission of India has today uploaded the data on electoral bonds on its website as received from SBI on “as is where is basis”, the poll body said.

“It may be recalled that in the said matter, ECI has consistently and categorically weighed in favour of disclosure and transparency, a position reflected in the proceedings of the Hon’ble Supreme Court and noted in the order also,” it further said.

The ECI had been asked by the apex court to upload the electoral bonds data on its website by March 15, 2024.

The electoral bonds data revealed the list of donors, both corporates and individuals, to various political parties.

Some of the big corporates whose names figure in the list include Grasim Industries, Bajaj Auto, Apollo Tyres, Essel Mining, Vedanta, PVR, Megha Engineering and Infrastructure, Cipla and JK Cement.

In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court had last month struck down as unconstitutional the electoral bonds scheme and asked SBI to share the data with the poll body for making the same public.

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