‘The Tipping Point Was When A Union Minister Lied in Parliament:’ Retd War Veteran Who Revealed Electoral-Bond Subterfuge

When the Supreme Court on 15 February 2024 struck down the electoral-bonds scheme as being “unconstitutional”, the petitions that led to this decision were driven by the efforts of retired Indian navy commodore Lokesh Batra. Now 77 and living in the US, Commodore Batra (retired) filed more than 100 right-to-information requests over seven years, revealing how despite opposition from the Election Commission and the Reserve Bank of India, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued the bonds, the main beneficiary of which was his own party.

23 Feb 2024        Kunal Purohit