What was the need to appoint Election Commissioner at lightning speed: Supreme

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday reviewed the original file of Election Commissioner Arun Goel and while hearing a PIL on the issue of reforms and autonomy in the Election Commission, questioned the Central Government as to why the Election Commissioner was appointed with lightning speed. . election Commission. Completed all placement process within […]
 


What was the need to appoint Election Commissioner at lightning speed: Supreme

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday reviewed the original file of Election Commissioner Arun Goel and while hearing a PIL on the issue of reforms and autonomy in the Election Commission, questioned the Central Government as to why the Election Commissioner was appointed with lightning speed. . election Commission. Completed all placement process within 24 hours? On what basis did the Law Minister shortlist the four names? With these questions, the Supreme Court had reserved its decision at the end of the hearing.

The court had reserved its decision after a four-day hearing before a constitution bench headed by Justice KM Joseph on the issue of reforms and autonomy in the Election Commission. The bench comprises Justices Ajay Rastogi, Aniruddha Bose, Hrishikesh Roy and CT Ravikumar. The bench has given all the parties five days to present their arguments in writing. The Supreme Court will then decide whether an independent panel should be constituted to appoint the Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners in a fair and transparent manner.

The Supreme Court on Thursday questioned the appointment of election commissioners during the hearing in the matter. After going through the file of appointment of Arun Goyal, the Supreme Court raised questions on his appointment process and said, why has the appointment of Goyal been done at lightning speed? The post of Election Commissioner was lying vacant since May 15. Then suddenly the process from sending names to approval for this post was completed in less than 24 hours. What happened between May 15 and November 18? On what basis did the Law Minister choose 4 names?

While hearing the matter, the bench asked what was special about the four names sent by Minister Quaid. Why was only the junior most officer selected among them? The retiring officer had also availed VRS before joining the post. The bench noted that the Law Minister selected one of the four names, his file was presented on November 18, while the Prime Minister also recommended the name on the same day. We don’t want any confrontation, but was it a hasty step. Why was there such a hurry? What was the pressure on the government to end the selection process on the very day it started? However, this time the bench made it clear that it was not questioning the qualification of Arun Goyal but the process.

However, the Attorney General said that nothing went wrong in the process. Appointment is taken 12 to 24 hours in advance. These names were taken from the database of DoPT. Seniority, retirement, age etc. are looked into while choosing the name. Its a complete system. Seniority is considered on the basis of batch rather than age. Significantly, three days ago, Arun Goyal was appointed as the new Election Commissioner of India. Goyal, a former Punjab cadre IAS officer, on Friday took voluntary retirement from the post of Industries Secretary and was appointed Election Commissioner the next day.

Flags of the Constitution are hoisted in all appointments: Congress

When the Supreme Court questioned the central process on the appointment of election commissioners, the Congress criticized the government and alleged that almost all appointments and decisions made by the government were taken without consulting anyone, in violation of the Constitution. Congress media in-charge Pawan Kheda tweeted that the Supreme Court has said that the appointment of the new Election Commissioner was done “very hastily”. However, there is nothing new in this. All appointments and decisions made by the Central Government are made under the flag of the Constitution.

What was the need to appoint Election Commissioner at lightning speed: Supreme