‘Laxman Rekha’ should be kept on the appointment of election commissioners: Center

New Delhi: There is a possibility of a clash between the Supreme Court and the Center over the issue of questioning and improving the process of appointment of election commissioners. While the Supreme Court has taken a tough stand on the appointment of Election Commissioner Arun Goyal at lightning speed, the Central Government has also […]
 


‘Laxman Rekha’ should be kept on the appointment of election commissioners: Center

New Delhi: There is a possibility of a clash between the Supreme Court and the Center over the issue of questioning and improving the process of appointment of election commissioners.

While the Supreme Court has taken a tough stand on the appointment of Election Commissioner Arun Goyal at lightning speed, the Central Government has also shown its ‘Laxman Rekha’ to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court, while hearing a petition seeking constitution of a panel consisting of the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the Chief Justice, has questioned the appointment of the recently elected new Election Commissioner Arun Goel. The Supreme Court further suggested a committee with the membership of the Chief Justice as the best method for the appointment of the Election Commissioner. However, the central government said that the judiciary can have no role in the appointment of the chief election commissioner and election commissioners. They should not interfere in these matters. On the suggestion of the Supreme Court, the Center said that involving the Chief Justice in the appointment process is unnecessary interference of the judiciary. If this happens, it will be a clear violation of the separation of powers. To believe that involving the Chief Justice in the selection process will make the process transparent is wrong.

‘Laxman Rekha’ should be kept on the appointment of election commissioners: Center