The Supreme Court on Wednesday, agreed to accord final hearing on Public Interest Litigation(PIL), after alleging that political executives have been appointing Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners in poll panel till now.
The apex court stated that it is important to set norms for the appointment so that the selections are made in a fair and transparent manner. It also questioned the Centre as to why the court should not step in to set norms for appointment of ECs so as to maintain their independence.
However, it clarified that despite the absence of norms, ECs appointed so far have been outstanding men of impeccable integrity.
The Apex Court also said that it will decide this issue after a detailed hearing, which will be held after 2 months.
On Tuesday, the Centre named Election Commissioner, Achal Kumar Joti, the next Chief Election Commissioner of India. He will replace current CEC, Nasim Zaidi. Joti will take charge on July 6.