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Supreme Court strikes down Thomas appointment as CVC

J. Venkatesan
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File photo of Central Vigilance Commissioner P. J. Thomas. Photo: V. Sudershan
File photo of Central Vigilance Commissioner P. J. Thomas. Photo: V. Sudershan

Eligible persons should be without blemish whatsoever

In a major blow to the Centre, the Supreme Court on Thursday quashed the appointment of P.J. Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC).

A Bench of Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia and Justices K.S. Radhakrishnan and Swatanter Kumar set aside his appointment acting on the writ petitions filed by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation, the former Chief Election Commissioner, J.M. Lyngdoh, and others. And within hours of the judgment, Mr. Thomas stepped down from the post.

Mr. Thomas had been appointed CVC pursuant to a recommendation made by a high power committee (HPC) headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, who was a HPC member, disagreed with the decision. The other member was Home Minister P. Chidambaram.

Justice Kapadia, who wrote the judgment, held invalid the HPC's decision and pointed out that as of date, Mr. Thomas was accused No. 8 in the Kerala palmolein case pending in the Court of the Special Judge, Thiruvananthapuram, for offences under Section 13(2) read with 13(1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and under Section 120B (conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.

The Bench, quoting an earlier judgment, said eligibility criteria would indicate that eligible persons should be without any blemish whatsoever and they should not be appointed merely because they were eligible to be considered for the post.

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this judgement gives hope that still all values are not lost. we have to wait for the judgement on 2G, CWG and adharsh scams.

from:  ganesh
Posted on: Mar 7, 2011 at 11:03 IST

What politicians cannot do, Supreme Court will do. It seems the coalition Govt is incapable of taking any decision and it is their practice to just leave it to the Supreme Court to decide on any confrontation with the opposition.

from:  Ganpat
Posted on: Mar 4, 2011 at 17:22 IST

There is no end of mishaps in various forms taking place under the guidance of economist prime minister. He is unable to control price-rise, maoist menace Quattrochi's extradition, kashmiri problem, corrupt ministers of both allies & his own party and now as a climax CVC appointment. We do not need such an impotent government anymore. It is high time Dr Singh calls it a day and go for a mid-term poll. Public and media should put pressure on political parties to ensure that no candidate of dubious character is put on the fray. We urgently need to have a government genuinely concerned about general public.

from:  S.R. Muralidharan
Posted on: Mar 4, 2011 at 13:42 IST

The Supreme Court's decision was expected one. In spite of the opposition party's request not to appoint, the Govt's decision to appointed the tainted P.J.Thomas was really a surprising one. Opposition parties want an explanation from Prime Minister Singh quite logical. This is the first setback ,for the Indian Democracy over six decades. Great blunder by the UPA Govt. One has to accept the Supreme court's verdict.

from:  K.Ragavan
Posted on: Mar 4, 2011 at 07:07 IST

Congress is digging its own grave for the next general elections! Even an Egyptian Pyramid would not suffice to hold the scams coming this government!

from:  Murali S
Posted on: Mar 4, 2011 at 05:39 IST

Everyone involved in promoting and appointing Mr.P.J. Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner must be fired, including PM(PRIME MINISTER) and HM(HOME MINISTER). Oh, I forgot, nobody in India gets fired, especially politicians. It is hard to belive that our honorable PM exonerates himself from every scam including 2G,CVC,commonwealth games,black money and what not. Unfortunately the Supreme court cannot fire him because he is elected and not appointed. I think the real culprits here are PM and HM.

from:  Siril
Posted on: Mar 4, 2011 at 02:17 IST

THOMAS AS VICTIM:: P.J.Thomas is not responsible for the delay in the Palmoline case trial which cost him his CVC job; the Supreme Court is. Its infinite Stay of the trial delayed justice to Thomas. Thomas, who has not been accused of any lapse in integrity, pays for the Supreme Court's lapse in delivering speedy justice. He should sue the Supreme Court for damages. By attempting to lay down guidelines, the Supreme Court has only made it known that it would prefer if this job also went to retired Judges.

from:  R.Sajan
Posted on: Mar 4, 2011 at 01:52 IST
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