Thomas moves President for obtaining SC opinion

P J Thomas petitioned President Pratibha Patil to obtain the apex court`s opinion on the legality of the judgement given by the three-member bench in his case.

Last Updated: Mar 16, 2011, 19:29 PM IST

New Delhi: P J Thomas, whose appointment
as Central Vigilance Commissioner was quashed by Supreme
Court, today petitioned President Pratibha Patil to obtain the
apex court`s opinion on the legality of the judgement given by
the three-member bench in his case.

"We have requested the President to invoke Article
143...The reason is that three judges` judgement on the CVC is
not legally valid because Article 145(3) clearly says that the
minimum number of judges required for interpretation of
Constitution is five. In effect this judgement is null and
void," his lawyer Wills Mathews said.

"Once it is null and void, it cannot be reviewed. That
means there is a Constitutional crisis," Mathwes said.

He said only the President can invoke Article 143 and
consult the Supreme Court on the legality and validity of the
judgement by a three judges` bench.

"Today we submitted a representation to the President`s
office in this regard," he added.

PTI