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Why no law made for appointments to Election Commission, SC asks centre

"The expectation is that Parliament will make the law.The law has not been made then can the court lay down the procedures," the SC bench said.

India TV Politics Desk, New Delhi [Updated:05 Jul 2017, 2:20 PM IST]
Supreme Court of India
Supreme Court of India

Pointing out that Article 324 of the Constitution provides that the appointments of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and other Election Commissioners(ECs) be made as per the enabling law, the Supreme Court today asked the centre to explain why no law was made in this regard till date. 

The apex court bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud, however, acknowledged that till now good persons have been appointed in the poll panel.

"The expectation is that Parliament will make the law.The law has not been made then can the court lay down the procedures," the bench asked Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, representing the Centre.

The bench was hearing a PIL filed by one Anoop Paranwal through lawyer Prashant Bhushan seeking various reliefs including that there should be a fair and transparent procedure for appointment of CEC and ECs.

 

The PIL has referred to the independent procedure of appointment of judges in the higher judiciary and said that similar kind of procedures may be laid down with regard to the appointments of CEC and ECs in the poll panel.

(With PTI inputs)

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