New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday quashed the appointment of P.J Thomas as the Central Vigilance Commissioner in a judgment delivered by Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia.
Thomas was appointed CVC on 7 September 2010 by a committee comprising of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, home minister P Chidambaram and leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj.
The apex court observed that the committee was not officially informed of the full track record of P.J Thomas. It said the 3 September 2010 recommendation by a selection committee had not considered the pending criminal case against Thomas.
This means a new CVC will be appointed, since Thomas will no longer hold office due to his appointment being held void.
Meanwhile, law minister M Veerappa Moily said that Thomas has resigned after the court held his appointment as illegal.
To a question on the apex court’s rap on the government on Thomas’ appointment, Moily said, “We respect the judgement. Other details we won’t be able to say because we are yet to go through the judgement.”
Shortly after the SC’s verdict on Thomas, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met Moily to discuss the issue. Minister of state in PMO V Narayanasamy was also present.
After a brief meeting with the Prime Minister, Moily and Narayanasamy met finance minister Pranab Mukherjee.
PTI also contributed to this story