Supreme Court on Wednesday urged the government to deliver to it the documents related to Arun Goel's appointment as the Election Commissioner, Goel assumed office on November 21 after being appointed to the position on November 19.
New Delhi: Supreme Court on Wednesday urged the government to deliver to it the documents related to Arun Goel’s appointment as the Election Commissioner. Goel assumed office on November 21 after being appointed to the position on November 19.
Justice KM Joseph’s five-judge panel asked Attorney General R Venkataramani to produce the documents by tomorrow (November 24).
The Supreme Court further said that the selection process would have been more appropriate if the appointment awaited the outcome of the hearing before the Constitution bench on the selection mechanism for CEC and ECs.
“Let’s look at how the appointment was made since it was made after we started hearing about this matter.”Given your claim that everything is fine, you shouldn’t be in any danger,” Bench observed.
The post of one election commissioner was vacant due to the retirement of Sushil Chandra as the chief election commissioner in May 2022 in the three-member ECI. Rajiv Kumar succeeded Chandra, and the other election commissioner is Anup Chandra Pandey.
Goel is a 1985 batch Punjab cadre IAS officer, and he is the hot favourite to become the next chief election commissioner because Kumar’s tenure is going to end in February 2025.
The office of an election commissioner or chief election commissioner can be held for six years or until the age of 65, whichever is earlier.