New Delhi: The Supreme Court has questioned the need to appoint Arun Goyal as the Election Commissioner at lightning speed.
Arun Goyal, who served as the Secretary to the Central Government, took voluntary retirement on the 18th. The very next day he was appointed as the Election Commissioner. In this situation, a number of petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court seeking an order to change the current procedure for appointing Election Commissioners and Chief Election Commissioner.
A constitution bench comprising Justices KM Joseph, Ajay Rastogi, Anirudha Bose, Rishikesh Roy and CT Ravikumar came up for hearing again today (Nov 24). Then the judges said, “This file has been approved in 24 hours. What was the urgency of the central government. The post of Election Commissioner was declared vacant only on May 15. But the file for the next commissioner has been approved at lightning speed. What is the need to approve it at lightning speed?” They questioned that.
When this case came up for hearing, the Supreme Court had asked, “If there is no malpractice in the appointment of the Election Commissioner, let the central government file all the documents. We are not questioning the competence of the officer named Arun Goyal. Rather, we are asking on the basis of which the election was conducted.”
In this case, it has been reported that during today’s hearing, the Attorney General of the Central Government, R.Venkataramani, looked at the opposition lawyer and said jokingly, “You should shut your mouth for a while and approach the issue fully”.
Then the judges questioned, “On what basis did the Law Minister recommend the names of only 4 persons for the post of Chief Election Commissioner?”, the Attorney General replied, “This selection was made on the basis of the data of the staff and training department for them.”
“Article 324 (2) of the Constitution states that it is mandatory to enact a separate law to appoint the Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners. However, 70 years have passed since the Constitution came into force, no action has been taken in this regard. It is worth noting that the judges emphasized that a law should be enacted regarding the appointment of election commissioners.
Arun Goyal Nomination: In a recent press release issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice regarding the appointment of a new Election Commissioner, the President has appointed retired IAS officer Arun Goyal as the Election Commissioner. This order will come into effect from the day he assumes charge. 1985 batch ISS officer Arun Goyal from Punjab. He has worked as a Secretary to the Central Government. He retired from the post of Secretary of the Central Cabinet Office in 2019.
He was then appointed as Secretary of Heavy Industries. His tenure was to end on December 31. But he voluntarily retired from his post on November 18. In this case, the next day he was appointed as the Election Commissioner. He will work with Chief Election Commissioner Rajeev Kumar and Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey.