S. Y. Quraishi

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Shahabuddin Yaqoob Quraishi
Chief Election Commissioner of India
In office
30 July 2010 – 10 June 2012
Preceded by Navin Chawla
Succeeded by V. S. Sampath
Personal details
Born (1947-06-11) 11 June 1947 (age 68)[1]
Delhi, India
Nationality Indian
Profession Civil servant
Religion Islam

Shahabuddin Yaqoob Quraishi (born 11 June 1947) is a former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India. He was appointed as the CEC as the successor to Navin Chawla on 30 July 2010. He has also served as a Secretary in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.[2]

He is an IAS officer of the 1971 batch from Haryana cadre. He has a Ph.D. in Communications and Social marketing.[3]

Quraishi became the first Muslim to be the CEC of India. He demitted office on 10 June 2012.[4]

He now pursues his interests in academics by teaching & mentoring at Cluster Innovation Centre, University of Delhi in the capacity of Honorary Professor at the centre. [5]

While responding to Karan Thapar on the Devil's Advocate programme on the television channel CNN-IBN, he opposed the ideas of Right to Recall and Right to Reject advocated by Anna Hazare as not possible in India.[6] However after some time in a TV interview he said that Right to Reject can be considered. [7]


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