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Law Ministry cannot control EC: Quraishi

Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi claimed that the government has a “tendency” to control institutions,but asserted that the government cannot think of controlling the Election Commission in the scheme of things envisaged by the Constitution

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 8, 2012 3:48 am

Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi on Monday claimed that the government has a “tendency” to control institutions,but asserted that the government cannot think of controlling the Election Commission (EC) in the scheme of things envisaged by the Constitution.

Delivering the Shri Ram Memorial Lecture on ‘Democracy and Governance-The Current Context’ here,the CEC said there is “tendency of a government to try and control institutions which they can”,but added,“The Constitution has made it (EC) a very independent institution.”

In this context,he highlighted that while the Law Ministry is the nodal ministry in the government for the EC,it did not mean that it can control the EC which is vested with powers for the conduct of free and fair elections in the country.

“It (Law Ministry) is only a nodal ministry. The Law Ministry is also a nodal ministry for the Supreme Court. But if they think of controlling the Supreme Court or even the Election Commission…no way. That cannot happen,” he said.

Coming after the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections,Quraishi’s comments hold significance in the wake of the fact that Law Minister Salman Khurshid had taken on the poll panel during the elections.

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