SC refers to 5-judge constitution bench plea seeking collegium-like appointment process for CEC, ECs

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New Delhi, Oct 23: The Supreme Court on Tuesday referred a plea to five-judge constitution bench, seeking setting up of an independent mechanism for the appointment process of chief election commissioners and election commissioners. 

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and S K Kaul considered submissions raised by lawyer Prashant Bhushan and said the issue of appointment of CEC and ECs has to be taken up by an upper constitution bench.

The apex court was hearing a petition filed by Anoop Baranwal which sought a transparent and fair selection process for appointment of Election Commissioners in the poll panel.

However, Attorney General K K Venugopal, representing the Centre, opposed the PIL saying till the date no case of abuse of official position by the CEC had into the light.

The Attorney General referred to names like  T N Seshan and others who have graced the office of the chief election commissioner.


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