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CBDT chief Chandra named Election Commissioner, to take charge on Friday

Chandra, 61, will have to resign from CBDT, where he is serving, before joining the poll panel. He will assume his new charge on Friday

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

CBDT Chairman Sushil Chandra
Sushil Chandra

Chairman was on Thursday appointed as an ahead of the Lok Sabha polls due this summer.

Chandra, an IIT graduate, is a 1980 batch officer of the (Income Tax cadre).

With his appointment, the EC now has Sunil Arora as the Chief and and Chandra as fellow commissioners.

The issued a notification announcing his appointment.

Chandra, 61, will have to resign from CBDT, where he is serving, before joining the poll panel.

He will assume his new charge on Friday.

Since Chandra has expertise in taxation and investigation, he could help the poll panel in election expenditure by political parties and candidates, a senior EC official felt.

Before Chandra, T S Krishnamurthy was the other IRS officer to be appointed as He went on to become the in 2004.

Chandra was appointed as chief in November, 2016 and has since been given two extensions. He was due to retire in May.

When Om Prakah Rawat retired as in November, 2018, Arora, then an election commissioner, took over as the chief of the poll panel. After Rawat's retirement, there was a vacancy in the election watchdog which has now been filled.

While Arora and Lavasa are 1980 batch IAS officers, Chandra is also from the 1980 batch, but from IRS.

Chandra will retire in May, 2022 on turning 65. Lavasa would retire a few months later in October, 2022. CEC Arora has a tenure till April, 2012.

The CEC or an EC can have a tenure of six years or hold office till the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. The convention is to appoint the senior-most election commissioner as

Chandra completed his B Tech from Roorkee University and LLB from Dehradun and joined in 1980.

He has served in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Gujarat and Mumbal and has worked in the areas of international taxation and investigation at various places.

He was commissioner of at Delhi.

Before being appointed chairman of CBDT, he was member (Investigation) in the Board.

First Published: Thu, February 14 2019. 17:25 IST
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