Finance

November, 2019

Paisa Politics: Exposing The Govt's Electoral Bonds Fraud

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Documents sourced through Right To Information applications reveal several irregularities in how the government brought the controversial source of political financing into effect

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PART 01

November 18, 2019

Electoral Bonds: Seeking Secretive Funds, Modi Govt Overruled RBI

Former finance minister Arun Jaitley took just hours to dismiss the RBI's warning that electoral bonds could funnel black money into politics and destabilise the Indian currency, documents show

PART 01

November 19, 2019

Electoral Bonds: Confidential EC Meeting Exposes Modi Govt's Lies To Parliament

A confidential note reveals that finance ministry officials intentionally misled the Election Commission in an effort to dilute its opposition to the electoral bond scheme

PART 01

November 20, 2019

Modi PMO Ordered Illegal Bond Sale Before Vital State Polls

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office directed the finance ministry to break its own rules to approve the special and illegal sale of electoral bonds just before critical state assembly elections

PART 01

November 21, 2019

Electoral Bonds Are Traceable: Documents Nail Govt Lies On Anonymity

The State Bank of India (SBI) maintains a secret number-based record of donors who buy electoral bonds, and the political parties they donate to. Law enforcement agencies can request access to this record

PART 01

November 22, 2019

Govt Made SBI Accept Expired Electoral Bonds Sold In Illegal Window

The bonds worth Rs 10 crore were redeemed soon after the 2018 Karnataka state elections resulted in a hung assembly. The bonds had been purchased in a special sale window opened at the direction of Prime Minister Modi's office

PART 01

November 23, 2019

Electoral Bonds: Govt Admits It Lied That Donors Asked For Secrecy

The Modi government claimed repeatedly that donors asked for electoral bonds due to fear of political retribution if they used transparent methods of funding. An RTI reply shows this was a lie

PART 01

December 1, 2019

Electoral Bonds: The Great Fraud

Modi govt's bizarre justification: Corporates should be allowed to donate secretly because they have a Right to Life under the Constitution which overrides citizens' right to information and is equal to citizen's right to secret ballot!
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