Apex Court angry over Arun Goyal's appointment as Election Commissioner asks Center to present file

Apex Court angry over Arun Goyal's appointment as Election Commissioner asks Center to present file

The Supreme Court has interfered with the appointment of Arun Goel as the Election Commissioner. During the hearing on Wednesday, the court asked for the file regarding the appointment of Arun Goyal as Election Commissioner. The top court questioned the central government as to how Arun Goyal was appointed as the Election Commissioner. The court has also asked for its record. The court said that the appointment was made within three days of the commencement of the hearing. We want to know what is process followed in the matter of the appointment. If this has been done according to the rules then there is nothing to worry about.

The court has asked the Attorney General to bring the files related to the appointment. The court said that it would have been more appropriate if the appointment was not made when the hearing was going on. The bench said it just wanted to understand the system and see if some hanky panky had happened.

Significantly, petitioner Prashant Bhushan had told the constitution bench that he had raised this issue on Thursday. After this, a government officer was given VRS and appointed as Election Commissioner. Despite this, he had already filed an application regarding this.

took charge today
Arun Goyal, a former Indian Administrative Service officer, took over as the Election Commissioner on Monday. Earlier, he was appointed as the Election Commissioner on Saturday. He took voluntary retirement on Friday. Goyal was to retire on 31 December 2022 at the age of 60 years. The government had informed about Goyal's appointment through a release.


CJI should be included in the consultation process for the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner
The Supreme Court has said to involve the CJI in the consultation process for the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner. Hearing petitions seeking a collegium-like system for the appointment of EC and CEC, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said that doing so would ensure the independence of the Election Commission. During the hearing, the court also said that under the present system, if any ruling party at the Center wants to retain its power, it can appoint a 'yes man to the post.

Attorney General R Venkataramani, appearing for the Centre, argued that a 1991 Act laid down that the Election Commission remains independent in terms of salary and tenure of its members. There is no such trigger point where the intervention of the court is required. The government said that at present seniority among the Election Commissioners is observed for the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC). Who is appointed by the Central and State level Secretary or Chief Secretary level officers respectively?

Taking cognizance of the government's arguments, a five-judge constitution bench headed by Justice KM Joseph said that the independence of the institution should be ensured to the extent that recruitment at the entry level should be scanned. Every ruling political party at the center wants to retain its power. Now, what we would like to do is focus on the consultation process for the appointment of the CEC. Involving the Chief Justice of India in the process would ensure the independence of the commission. Justice Ajay Rastogi, Justice Aniruddha Bose, Justice Hrishikesh Roy, and Justice CT Ravi Kumar are also included in this bench.