Sharad Pawar on appointment of Arun Goyal as Election Commissioner IG News

NCP president Sharad Pawar said that the Supreme Court has clearly indicated that this is misuse of the government’s authority.

Mumbai : NCP president Sharad Pawar on Thursday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party for abuse of power while appointing Arun Goyal as the new Election Commissioner. The Supreme Court has said that the file regarding the appointment of Arun Goyal as Election Commissioner has been disposed of expeditiously.

“The Supreme Court has clearly indicated that this is an abuse of power by the government (appointment of Arun Goyal as the new Election Commissioner). On a particular day the person was supposed to retire and it had never happened before to grant him an extension or grant his appointment on the same day. This is against the normal practice of appointment to a post”, said Pawar.

Also Read: “Election Commissioner Arun Goyal’s file cleared with lightning speed,” says SC

On Thursday, a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice KM Joseph observed that the post of Election Commissioner fell vacant on May 15 and Arun Goyal’s file was cleared with lightning speed.

The court pointed out: “The Law Minister selects names from a list of four names selected… This file was placed on November 18; Moves same day. The Prime Minister also suggests the name on the same day. We don’t want any conflict, but was this done in a hurry? What’s the rush to tear up?”

A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday sought documents related to the recent appointment of Arun Goyal as the Election Commissioner, while hearing petitions seeking an independent process to select the Election Commissioner.

The SC stated that it was interested to know whether the appointment involved “hanky-panky”. The Supreme Court opined that the ruling government “likes itself to be in power” and can appoint someone under the existing system.

To this, the Center argued and said that the 1991 Act guarantees the Election Commission independence of its members in terms of pay and tenure. It further states that there is no such “trigger point” that warrants the court’s intervention.

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