SC interferes in appointment of Election Commissioner, seeks file regarding the appointment of Arun Goyal
The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Center to place before it (the apex court) the file relating to the appointment of Election Commissioner Arun Goel. Goyal was appointed as the Election Commissioner on 19 November. Justice K. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Justice M. Joseph said it wanted to know whether any impropriety was done in the appointment of Goyal as Election Commissioner as he had recently taken voluntary retirement from service. The bench rejected Attorney General R Venkataramani's objections to the court's desire to see the file relating to Goel's appointment during the course of the hearing.
Venkataramani said the court is hearing the larger issue of the appointment of Election Commissioners and Chief Election Commissioners (CEC) and it cannot look into the individual matter raised by senior advocate Prashant Bhushan. "I take serious objection to this and object to the court going through the files in the midst of the hearing of the constitution bench," he said. The bench said it had started the hearing last Thursday and Goel's appointment was effective from November 19. happened and therefore the Court wants to know what prompted this step to be taken.