Supreme Court on CEC: The Supreme Court has questioned the present system of the Central Government appointing serving bureaucrats of its choice as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and Election Commissioners (EC). The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that the CEC or the EC should be a non-political person. A person who can take independent decisions without being influenced by anyone. The Supreme Court said, a fair and transparent process should be adopted to appoint the best non-political. This position should be occupied by a person of strong character who knows how to take independent decisions without being influenced.
A five-judge constitution bench comprising Justices KM Joseph, Ajay Rastogi, Aniruddha Bose, Hrishikesh Roy and CT Ravikumar heard the petitions related to it. In this petition, a direction was sought to protect the poll panel of the Election Commission from political or executive interference. The petition states that there is no vetting process for the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and Election Commissioners (EC), under which the government is appointing persons of its choice.