SC Asks Centre to Produce File Related to Appointment of Election Commissioner Arun Goel

The Supreme Courtroom requested the Centre on Wednesday to supply earlier than it the file associated to the appointment of Election Commissioner Arun Goel, who was appointed on November 19.

A five-judge Structure bench headed by Justice Ok M Joseph mentioned it desires to know whether or not there was any “hanky panky” in Goel’s appointment as election commissioner as he was solely lately given voluntary retirement from service.

The bench rejected the objections of Lawyer Common (AG) R Venkataramani on the courtroom prepared to see the file associated to Goel’s appointment whereas the listening to is on.

Venkataramani instructed the bench, additionally comprising justices Ajay Rastogi, Aniruddha Bose, Hrishikesh Roy and C T Ravikumar, that it’s coping with the bigger subject of appointment of ECs and the chief election commissioner (CEC) and it can’t take a look at a person case flagged by advocate Prashant Bhushan.

“I take critical objection to this and have my reservation to the courtroom seeing the file amidst the listening to of a Structure bench,” he mentioned.

The bench mentioned it began listening to a batch of pleas searching for a collegium-like system for the appointment of ECs and the CEC final Thursday and Goel was appointed as an EC subsequently on November 19. Due to this fact, it desires to see what prompted the step.

“We wish to see what’s the mechanism. We won’t deal with it as an adversarial and maintain it for our document, however we wish to know as you declare that every part is hunky dory. Since we have been listening to the matter and appointment was made amidst, this can be interlinked. You will have time until tomorrow. Produce the paperwork,” it instructed the AG.

On the outset, Bhushan, who appeared on behalf of petitioner Anoop Baranwal and made his rejoinder submission, mentioned after the courtroom began listening to the mater, the federal government hurriedly appointed an election commissioner.

“This election commissioner was, until Thursday, working as a secretary-level officer within the authorities. All of the sudden, he was given VRS on Friday and appointed as an election commissioner,” Bhushan mentioned.

Justice Joseph mentioned as far he remembers, it takes three months for an individual to get voluntary retirement.

On November 19, Goel, a 1985-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Punjab cadre, was appointed as an election commissioner.

He was to retire on December 31 on attaining the age of 60 years.

As soon as he assumes his new function, Goel can be in line to be the following CEC after incumbent Rajiv Kumar demits workplace in February 2025.

He’ll be part of Kumar and Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey on the ballot panel.

There was a emptiness within the Election Fee (EC) following the retirement of earlier CEC Sushil Chandra in Might.

Goel was the secretary within the Ministry of Heavy Industries until lately and his voluntary retirement got here into impact on November 18. He has additionally served within the Union tradition ministry.

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