Judiciary can’t interfere in selection of CEC, ECs: Government | India News

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NEW DELHI: Countering the Supreme Court’s observation that “silence of the Constitution” on the procedure and qualification for appointment of the chief election commissioner and election commissioners was exploited by successive governments, the Centre on Wednesday stoutly defended its right to appoint the CEC and ECs and told the court that Constitutional silence cannot be filled up by the judiciary. It should respect the independence of the executive by not encroaching upon its domain, it submitted.
Responding to the apprehension expressed by the Constitution bench that under the present system the government would pick and appoint ‘yes men’ who may not go against it, attorney general R Venkataramani said there is no “pick and choose procedure” adopted by the government and appointments are done on the basis of the seniority of bureaucrats. He said there has not been…

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