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Updated: September 8, 2010 17:26 IST

P. J. Thomas sworn in as CVC

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Former Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, P. J. Thomas, who was sworn-in as Chief Vigilance Commissioner on Tuesday.
The Hindu Former Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, P. J. Thomas, who was sworn-in as Chief Vigilance Commissioner on Tuesday.

President Pratibha Patil administered the oath of office to the former Telecom Secretary, P.J. Thomas, as the 14th Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) at a function held in the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday.

Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily, Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar and Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah attended the ceremony.

However, the Bharatiya Janata Party boycotted the swearing-in. In the evening, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj met Ms. Patil to explain why she had given a dissent note against Mr. Thomas' appointment.

It is understood that Ms. Swaraj sought an appointment two days ago, hoping that she would be able to persuade the President not to give her assent to the appointment.

A 1973-batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre, Mr. Thomas has held important assignments in Kerala as Secretary in Finance, Industry, Agriculture, Law and Justice and Human Resource Development Departments. He was the founder director of the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode.

He became the Kerala Chief Secretary in 2007 and moved to the Central government as Secretary in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs in January, 2009. Later he went on to become the Telecom Secretary.

Mr. Thomas succeeded Pratyush Sinha, a 1969-batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre, who demitted office on Monday after a four-year tenure as the CVC.

His name was cleared by a three-member committee, headed by Dr. Singh and included Mr. Chidambaram and Ms. Swaraj. However the BJP leader opposed his appointment.

The Prime Minister defended Mr. Thomas saying: “We have done the right thing. We have chosen the best candidate out of the list of three.”

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India is the land of versality...........
our new C.V.C is already a guilty(may be) of palmoline scandalle and for
2-g spectrum scandle.....
If we take an eye on our constitution P.J Thomas is not eligible for this reputated post of indian constitution. But in India constitution and laws is only for poors and middle class society. And such peoples are rapping our constitution.
Congrates Congress for choosing such a HYPOCRITE C.V.C and Thanks to giving him to us.

from:  lalit
Posted on: Mar 4, 2011 at 02:27 IST

Sonia Gandhi trusts only christians and more so Kerala christians. She appointed PJ Thomas as CVC to cover her loot of Rs 36000 crore to Italay from the 2G scam. KG Balakrishnan was put as a High court judge and as the Chief Justice of India even though he was not qualified to be a judge in a high court, as he was a Christian with fake Hinducertificates. KG Balakrishnan’s father was a christian called Lookose. Kerala christians were agents of the British during British rule of India. Malayala Manorama is a Kerala based newspaper group owned by Kerala chrisians which is now owned by CIA. The day of our independence day 14-8-1947 was a black day for Malayala Manorama and they closed the newspaper on that day to protest against India getting independence. During the first war of independence in 1857 our forefathers killed every christian in the Delhi area as these christians were the agents of the British. Sonia put AK Anthony as defense minister as he was the product of CIA funding of Kerala churches in an agitation called the Vimochanasamaram that ousted the first elected communist government of Kerala. Manmohan Singh was also planted as finance minister in Narasimha Rao government by CIA. bit.ly/eNBJfl, bit.ly/fqVo2X, bit.ly/eNyoib, bit.ly/8ZsIcK, bit.ly/Olsr9, bit.ly/QuLAA, bit.ly/E4ViT, bit.ly/4wARdD, bit.ly/1ydfg9, bit.ly/3ZjC3G, bit.ly/ctZJcE, bit.ly/baNf0I, scr.bi/4qeoNR, bit.ly/8ZZlhw, bit.ly/afwlmC, bit.ly/46d7BW , bit.ly/Olsr9 , bit.ly/gtYVN5,

from:  bharatian
Posted on: Jan 28, 2011 at 08:53 IST

The malice that is affecting the System, generally, has affected the appointment of CVC this time. Process lacked both "Openness" and "Spirit". It appears that the Government followed the procedure mechanically, with pre-set objective, in the process undermining the Office of CVC. From the events reported, Government seems to have decided to appoint Mr. Thomas as CVC and went about the process towards that objective. Otherwise, why credentials of the other two Persons in the Panel was not discussed (per Leader of Opposition). Since Government was the author of the Panel, to make the process meaningful and carries the underlying "spirit" behind the process, the voice and choice of Leader of Opposition (which anyhow has to fall within the Panel selected by the Government)should have prevailed in the selection. But then in Indian Administration,
"Spirit" has long back become RIP.

from:  T S Asokraj
Posted on: Sep 10, 2010 at 12:28 IST

The malice that is affecting the System, generally, has affected the appointment of CVC this time. Process lacked both "Openness" and "Spirit". It appears that the Government followed the procedure mechanically, with pre-set objective, in the process undermining the Office of CVC. From the events reported, Government seems to have decided to appoint Mr. Thomas as CVC and went about the process towards that objective. Otherwise, why credentials of the other two Persons in the Panel was not discussed (per Leader of Opposition). Since Government was the author of the Panel, to make the process meaningful and carries the underlying "spirit" behind the process, the voice and choice of Leader of Opposition (which anyhow has to fall within the Panel selected by the Government)should have prevailed in the selection. But then in Indian Administration,
"Spirit" has long back become RIP.

from:  T S Asokraj
Posted on: Sep 10, 2010 at 12:28 IST

It will be appreciated if every Keralite lands in Indian civil service and makes dreams beyond the limit.

from:  srinidhi sasikumar
Posted on: Sep 8, 2010 at 20:12 IST
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