Plea in SC challenging appointment of CVC and Vigilance Commissioner

A petition was on Wednesday moved in the Supreme Court challenging the appointment of Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) and Vigilance Commissioner (VC) on the ground that they allegedly did not have "clean record".

New Delhi: A petition was on Wednesday moved in the Supreme Court challenging the appointment of Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) and Vigilance Commissioner (VC) on the ground that they allegedly did not have "clean record".

The petition filed by NGO Common Cause alleged that a "complete non-transparency" procedure was followed in the appointment of KV Chaudhary as CVC and TM Bhasin as VC of the Central Vigilance Commission.

While Chaudhary was appointed as CVC on June 6, Bhasin took charge as the VC on June 11 this year.

The PIL alleged that their appointments were "arbitrary, illegal and in violation of the principle of institutional integrity".

"The government did not even place the names of short- listed candidates in public domain or the fact that Chaudhary and Bhasin were being considered for the appointment to such important positions," the plea filed through advocate Prashant Bhushan said.

It said that this complete non-transparency renders the appointment "void and illegal", and in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution.

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