On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ordered the government to deliver to it the documents related to Arun Goel’s appointment as the Election Commissioner. Goel assumed leadership on November 21 after being selected to the office on November 19.
Justice KM Joseph’s five-judge panel ordered Attorney General R Venkataramani to turn over the documents by tomorrow (November 24).
The supreme court further said that delaying the appointment while the constitution bench’s hearing on the CEC and EC selection process was ongoing would have been more appropriate.
“Let’s see how the appointment is made because this appointment was made after we started hearing this case. Since you claim that everything is well, you shouldn’t be in any danger, the bench observed.
After Sushil Chandra retired from his position as chief election commissioner in May 2022, the three-member ECI was left without a commissioner. Chandra’s successor is Rajiv Kumar, and the other election commissioner is Anup Chandra Pandey.
Goel, an IAS official from the 1985 batch who served in the Punjab cadre, would likely succeed Kumar as chief election commissioner when his term expires in February 2025.An election commissioner or chief election commissioner may hold office for a period of six years or until they reach the age of 65, whichever comes first.