The Supreme Court on Monday directed UPA government to produce file pertaining to the appointment of former telecom secretary PJ Thomas as the Chief Vigilance Commissioner.

This directive came in response to a Public Interest Litigation filed by an individual expressing doubts over the eligibility of Shri Thomas.  Only a ‘bureaucrat with impeccable track record’ would be eligible for CVC post.  However, Shri Thomas was not having an impeccable track record as he was once chargesheeted in the palmolein import scam.

 

Leading lawyer Prashant Bhushan who represented the applicant also alleged that as telecom secretary, Shri Thomas had tried to prevent the CAG from probing the 2G scam.  He had questioned CVC’s right to look into the 2G spectrum scam and his appointment as CVC would affect an independent probe. Thomas had also allegedly pressed for promotion of corrupt top BSNL/MTNL officers while holding the post of telecom secretary.

Supreme Court guidelines pertaining to appointment of CVC stipulates that the appointment of CVC should be made from a panel of three outstanding bureaucrats of impeccable integrity.  Also, the precedent of unanimity between the PM, home minister and Leader of the Opposition which is followed in appointment of CVC was not followed in this case.

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Really nice to find the Supreme Court take a pro-active approach especially when it comes to the issue of corruption.

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