Samir Sachdeva | November 23, 2010
The supreme court on Monday expressed its discomfort at P J Thomas continuing as the chief vigilance commissioner (CVC) of India. A bench headed by chief justice S H Kapadia observed that “if a person is an accused in a criminal case how will he function as CVC”.
Thomas figures in the charge sheet filed in palmolein oil import case where the Kerala government paid more than the market price for the oil import. Thomas was food secretary with the Kerala government at that time and is named as accused in the case and is on bail.
Thomas was secretary in department of telecom before joining as CVC which is in midst of Rs 1.76 lakh crore 2G scam. His selection as CVC was also controversial as the leader of opposition, Sushma Swaraj who was part of the selection committee was against it. She is reported to have written a dissent note in the meeting for selection.
The government yesterday has submitted all records related to selection of CVC to the Supreme Court under a sealed cover. But after Monday's SC observation, shouldn't Thomas offer to resign?
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