Chennai: Former chief election commissioner (CEC) T N Seshan, who led the game-changing electoral reforms in the country in the 1990s, died here on Sunday following a cardiac arrest. He was 86.
The legendary Seshan was not keeping good health for the past couple of years and he passed away around 9.30 pm, a senior police official said.
Known for his no-nonsense attitude, he was largely confined to his home here for the past several years due to old age.
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.”
Seshan was popularly known for enforcing model code of conduct. Seshan also waged war against the tendency of politicians to flout the model code of conduct, which they were supposed to abide by.
Seshan was a retired 1955 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Tamil Nadu cadre. He had earlier served as the 18th cabinet secretary of India in 1989. He had also won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for his services to the government in 1996.