ThePresident of the Republic of India, Ram Nath Kovid appointed Sushil Chandra the senior-most Election Commissioner, as the Chief Election Commissioner in the Election Commission of India. Sushil Chandra will assume the charge of office of the Chief Election Commissioner with effect from the Aprul 13, 2021 vice Shri Sunil Arora consequent upon his demitting the Office of the Chief Election Commissioner on the April 12, 2021. A notification in this regard has been issued by Legislative Department, Ministry of Law & Justice today. Chandra’s term will for one year which ends on May 14, 2022
With this, Sushil Chandra will become the 24th head of the country’s poll commission. As the new CEC, he will look after the completion of the ongoing assembly elections in West Bengal. The final phase will take place on April 29, 2021 followed by the counting of votes and declaration of results on May 2, 2021.
Chandra will oversee the completion of the ongoing assembly elections in West Bengal, where four out of eight rounds of voting has been completed. The final phase will take place on April 29, followed by the counting of votes and declaration of results on May 2.
Sushil Chandra belongs to the 1980 Batch of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS). Prior to his appointment as Election Commissioner of India, he was posted as the Chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), an Apex Body looking after the work of Policy Administration and implementation of Direct Taxes in India. He was the head of CBDT since November, 2016. Shri Chandra served for 38 years in the Indian Revenue Service before taking up charge as Election Commissioner of India in 2019.
Shri Chandra was spearhead the team representing the Indian government’s fight against black money as and was incharge of action against tax evasion in the wake of demonetization. He actively strengthened the Government’s clampdown on benami transactions by executing the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, 1988.
Chandra was born on May 15, 1957. He completed his B-Tech from Roorkee University. Besides, he holds a degree in LLB from DAV College, Dehradun. He has also undergone various training programmes at IIM Bengaluru. IMF and Wharton on management. Before joining the Indian Revenue Services, he was in the Indian Engineering Service.