Chennai: Former 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 87.
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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the demise of former Chief Election Commissioner TN Seshan.
"Shri TN Seshan was an outstanding civil servant.
He served India with utmost diligence and integrity. His efforts towards electoral reforms have made our democracy stronger and more participative. Pained by his demise. Om Shanti," tweeted PM Modi.
Seshan died in Chennai following a cardiac arrest on Sunday night.
"Sad to announce that Shri TN Seshan (former Chief Election Commissioner of India) 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," tweeted Dr SY Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner of India.
Expressing grief over the demise of former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) TN Seshan, CEC Sunil Arora said that he will always be a source of inspiration for all CECs and Election Commissioners.
"The Election Commission of India deeply mourns the passing away of Sh TN Seshan. Expressing his condolences, CEC Sh Sunil Arora said "T N Seshan was a legend. He will always be a source of inspiration to us and all CECs & ECs to come", tweeted Sheyphali Sharan, official spokesperson, Election Commission of India.
Known for enforcing Model Code of Conduct, Seshan took stern action against any politician who tried to flout its provisions.
He was conferred the Magsaysay Prize for Public Service in 1996.