SC asks Centre to show Election Commissioner Arun Goel's appointment files

  • SC asked the Center to produce files related to the appointment of Arun Goel as the EC chief
  • Goel was appointed to the post on 19 November and assumed command on 21 November
  • A five-judge bench headed by Justice KM Joseph asked Attorney General R Venkataramani to produce the files on November 24

23 Nov 2022

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Center to produce files related to the appointment of Arun Goel as the Election Commissioner. Goel was appointed to the post on 19 November and assumed command on 21 November.

A five-judge bench headed by Justice KM Joseph asked Attorney General R Venkataramani to produce the files tomorrow (November 24). The Supreme Court added that it would be more appropriate for the appointment to await the outcome of the Constitutional Court hearing on the CEC and EC selection mechanism.

The bench noted, "Because this appointment was made after we began hearing this case, let's see how the appointment is made. You should not have any danger since you say everything is hunky-dory.” Sushil Chandra’s retirement as the chief election commissioner in May 2022 left the post of one commissioner in the three-member ECI vacant. Rajiv Kumar succeeded Chandra while Anup Chandra Pandey is the other election commissioner.

A 1985-batch Punjab IAS officer, Goel will be in line to become the next Chief Election Commissioner after Kumar's term ends in February 2025. The post of Election Commissioner or Chief Election Commissioner can be held for a period of six years or till the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.


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