CEC must be apolitical, strong and beyond influence, says Supreme Court

A five-judge Constitution bench of Justices KM Joseph, Ajay Rastogi, Aniruddha Bose, Hrishikesh Roy and CT Ravikumar, which is hearing a batch of petitions seeking its direction to insulate the poll panel from political or executive interference, said there are no “checks and balances” in the appointment process and it allows the government to appoint persons of its choice.