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SC asks Centre to provide file associated to appointment of Election Commissioner Arun Goel

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SC asks Centre to produce file related to appointment of Election Commissioner Arun Goel

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court requested the Centre on Wednesday to provide earlier than it the file associated to the appointment of Election Commissioner Arun Goel, who was appointed on November 19.

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

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

Venkataramani informed 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 not take a look at a person case flagged by advocate Prashant Bhushan.

“I take serious objection to this and have my reservation to the court seeing the file amidst the hearing of a Constitution bench,” he stated.

The bench stated 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.

Therefore, it desires to see what prompted the step.

“We want to see what is the mechanism. We will not treat it as an adversarial and keep it for our record, but we want to know as you claim that everything is hunky dory. Since we were hearing the matter and appointment was made amidst, this may be interlinked. You have time till tomorrow. Produce the documents,” it informed the AG.

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

“This election commissioner was, till Thursday, working as a secretary-level officer in the government. Suddenly, he was given VRS on Friday and appointed as an election commissioner,” Bhushan stated.

Justice Joseph stated 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.

Once he assumes his new function, Goel could be in line to be the following CEC after incumbent Rajiv Kumar demits workplace in February 2025.

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

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

Goel was the secretary within the Ministry of Heavy Industries until just lately and his voluntary retirement got here into impact on November 18.

He has additionally served within the Union tradition ministry.

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court requested the Centre on Wednesday to provide earlier than it the file associated to the appointment of Election Commissioner Arun Goel, who was appointed on November 19.

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

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

Venkataramani informed 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 not take a look at a person case flagged by advocate Prashant Bhushan.

“I take serious objection to this and have my reservation to the court seeing the file amidst the hearing of a Constitution bench,” he stated.

The bench stated 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.

Therefore, it desires to see what prompted the step.

“We want to see what is the mechanism. We will not treat it as an adversarial and keep it for our record, but we want to know as you claim that everything is hunky dory. Since we were hearing the matter and appointment was made amidst, this may be interlinked. You have time till tomorrow. Produce the documents,” it informed the AG.

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

“This election commissioner was, till Thursday, working as a secretary-level officer in the government. Suddenly, he was given VRS on Friday and appointed as an election commissioner,” Bhushan stated.

Justice Joseph stated 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.

Once he assumes his new function, Goel could be in line to be the following CEC after incumbent Rajiv Kumar demits workplace in February 2025.

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

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

Goel was the secretary within the Ministry of Heavy Industries until just lately and his voluntary retirement got here into impact on November 18.

He has additionally served within the Union tradition ministry.