The Supreme Court on Wednesday raised questions on the appointment of the Election Commissioner (EC). The Court said that the Constitution has placed a lot of weight on the shoulders of the Chief Election Commissioner and it is important that a person of strong character should be appointed to the post. A five-judge constitutional bench headed by Justice KM Joseph conducted the hearing.
Besides Judge KM Joseph, Justices Ajay Rastogi, Aniruddha Bose, Hrishikesh Rai and CT Ravi Kumar are hearing a petition seeking reforms in the process of appointment of members of the Election Commission of India. Attorney General of India Senior Advocate R Venkataramani appeared in the court on behalf of the Central Government and presented his arguments. The court said that the situation is worrying right now and we want a Chief Election Commissioner like late TN Seshan. Known for important electoral reforms as the Chief Election Commissioner from 1990 to 1996. Justice Joseph said that we know the government that the person who appoints the commissioner and chief commissioner will not be able to complete his 6-year term. In such a situation, the Election Commission cannot function independently.
Justice Joseph said that apart from merit, what is important is that you want a person with character. But the question is who will make the appointment. The court said that democracy is the basic structure of the constitution. There is no debate on this. We can’t even ask Parliament to do anything and we won’t do it. We just want to do something for the issue which is being raised since 1990. There have been many CECs till now, but never comes someone like TN Seshan.