The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Election Commission not to appoint officers facing disciplinary proceedings to key posts in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly election.

The court ruled on a petition filed by All India Congress Committee Secretary Prakash Joshi. The Congress leader wanted the poll panel not to post officials facing an inquiry or disciplinary proceedings “in order to ensure free and fair election”. Lawyers Kapil Sibal and Vivek Tankha are representing Joshi.

The Court declined Joshi’s plea asking the Election Commission to frame guidelines for the use of CCTV cameras inside the polling booth to “watch the mobility of persons inside the polling booth” and show the footage “along with the number of votes poll, outside the polling booth on a display board”.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud heard the matter.