Chennai: Former chief election commissioner T.N. Seshan, who was known for ushering in reforms to ensure free and fair polls, passed away at his residence here on Sunday following cardiac arrest, family sources said. He was 86.
An IAS officer who rose to become Cabinet Secretary, Seshan became the 10th Chief Election Commissioner of India after retirement, serving from December 12, 1990 to December 11, 1996.
Known for enforcing Model Code of Conduct, Seshan took stern action against any politician who tried to flout its provisions. Known for his no-nonsense attitude, he was largely confined to his home here for the past several years due to old age.
He was conferred the Magsaysay Prize for Public Service in 1996.
Former CEC S.Y. Quraishi said on Twitter, "Sad to announce that Shri TN Seshan passed away a short while ago. He was a true legend and a guiding force for all his successors. I pray for peace to his soul."
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said, "Sad that former Chief Election Commissioner TN Seshan has passed away in Chennai. He was my father’s classmate at Victoria College Palakkad — a courageous & crusty boss who asserted the ElectionCommission’s autonomy & authority as no CEC before him had done. A pillar of our democracy."
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