Sushil Chandra Chief Election Commissioner
Appointment of election Commissioner
Article 324(2) of The Constitution of India
“The Election Commission shall consist Of Chief Election Commissioner and such number of other Election Commissioner, if any, as the President may from time to time fix and appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners shall. subject to the Provisions of any law made in that behalf by Parliament, be made by President”.
Appointment of Chief Election Commissioner is President and this is Administrative power of President.
Nature of Post of chief election commissioner:
This is Constitutional post and Election Commission of India is Constitutional Body.
Important Notes on Article 324 of The Constitution of India:
Abolition of post of Election Commissioners by The President and consequential termination of the service of the incumbent of the abolish of post, cannot be made a ground of action there is no illegality in such termination of service.
Case: S.S. Dhana vs Union of India , AIR 1991 SC 1745 (1991)
he is 24th chief election Commissioner of India
Sushil Chandra took charge as the Chief Election Commissioner of India starting Tuesday. Chandra was appointed as the 24th CEC on Monday, the same day Sunil Arora’s term ended. Sushil Chandra was appointed as an election commissioner on February 14, 2019.
His run would last upto May 14, 2022. Under Chandra, elections will take place in Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Punjab, with the term of these state assemblies set to end sometime in March next year.
Chandra is a former member of the Delimitation Commission where he had been working since February 18, 2020 and looked after the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
On November 1, 2016, Chandra was appointed as the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairman.
“Transparency and purity of political finance are of vital importance for free and fair electoral process and the creation of a level playing field. Continuing the crusade that he started as CBDT Chairman against the menace of black money, Chandra was proactive as the erstwhile Election Commissioner in curbing the use of money power that vitiates the electoral process,” the Commission announced on Tuesday.
Chandra has endorsed the concept of “inducement-free” elections, which has become a defining characteristic of how elections are held in the country.
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