Why Haste, Tearing Hurry?" Supreme Court On Election Commission Choices
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today questioned what the "tearing hurry" was for the "super fast" appointment of ex-IAS officer Arun Goel as Election Commissioner, despite the government's objection to a "mini trial" within the larger case on how the commissioners are chosen.The five-judge Constitution bench — continuing with some stinging remarks on the process for the third consecutive day — today went straight into the files on Arun Goel that it had sought yesterday. It pointed out: "Minister of Law picks up four names from the list of names shortlisted... The file was put up on November 18; moves the same day. Even PM recommends the name on the same day. We don't want any confrontation, but was this done in any haste? What's the tearing hurry?" It added, "This vacancy [became] available on May 15. Show us from May to November, what prevailed upon the government to do things super fast?" It noted that the process "started and completed on the same day". "Not even in 24 hours, the process was completed and notified. What kind of evaluation [was done] here... Although, we are not questioning the merits of Arun Goel's credentials but the process."