New Delhi. The Supreme Court questioned the ‘haste’ in appointing Arun Goyal as the Election Commissioner. While the Center strongly opposed the comments, Attorney General R Venkataramani said the entire matter relating to Goyal’s appointment should be looked into in detail. At the commencement of the hearing on Thursday, a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice KM Joseph perusing the original file of the Center relating to the appointment of Arun Goel as the Election Commissioner said, “What kind of assessment is this? However, we are not questioning Arun’s qualification.
Attorney General opposes Supreme Court’s comment
The bench, hearing the matter, questioned that the appointment of Arun Goyal as Election Commissioner was shown very quickly and his file did not remain with the departments even for 24 hours. On the other hand, the Attorney General, arguing on behalf of the Center, countering this, strongly requested the bench not to comment without considering every issue related to the appointment process.
Central government’s lawyer told Prashant Bhushan to keep quiet
Meanwhile, during the hearing, when the Attorney General was giving arguments, advocate Prashant Bhushan tried to present arguments before the bench, then the top law officer asked Prashant Bhushan to please keep quiet for a while. The Supreme Court reserved its verdict on petitions seeking collegium-like system for appointment of the Election Commission and Chief Election Commissioner and asked the parties concerned to file written replies within five days.
Questioning process, not individual candidature: Supreme Court
Justice Ajay Rastogi, who is also part of the bench, told the attorney general, “You have to listen to the court carefully and answer questions. We are not questioning individual candidates but the process.” The Attorney General said that he is bound to answer the questions of the court.
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 24, 2022, 19:33 IST