New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to produce before it the file related to the appointment of Election Commissioner Arun Goel, who was appointed on November 19, news agency PTI reported.
As per the report, a five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Justice K M Joseph, said that the court wants to know if there was any “hanky panky” in Goel’s appointment as the election commissioner, as he was recently given voluntary retirement from service.
The Constitution bench further rejected the objections of Attorney General R Venkataramani on the court willing to see the file related to Goel’s appointment while the hearing is underway.
As per Venkataramani, the court is dealing with the larger issue of appointment of ECs and the chief election commissioner (CEC), and it cannot look at an individual case flagged by advocate Prashant Bhushan.
“I take serious objection to this and have my reservation to the court seeing the file amidst the hearing of a Constitution bench,” Venkataramani said.
However, the bench said that it started hearing the matter last Thursday and Goel’s appointment was effected subsequently on November 19 and, therefore, it wants to see what prompted the step.