Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister
V S Achuthanandan has described as `baseless` the statement of his Maharashtra counterpart Prithviraj Chavan that Kerala government had not informed the Centre that former Chief
Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas was involved in a Vigilance
case while he was being considered for the post.
The state government, in its letter dated December 2, 2008,
had clearly mentioned that he was facing a Vigilance enquiry
in connection with the palmolein import graft case,
Achuthanandan said in a statement here.
Chavan had made a statement in the Maharashtra assembly on
March 22 that Thomas was appointed as CVC based on the
documents received from the Kerala government. Earlier also, a
similar statement by Chavan was denied by Achuthanandan.
Achuthanandan said even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had
said in Parliament that the lapse on the part of Department of
Personnel and Training (then under Chavan) resulted in the
appointment of Thomas as CVC.
Chavan, who was under the shadow of suspicion was now
making a futile attempt to pass on the blame to Kerala
government, the Chief Minister said.
"Thomas was appointed on basis of documents.. There is no
question of misleading anyone. Kerala government gave a letter
on December 2, 2008," Chavan had told Maharashtra assembly on
Thomas was Chief Secretary of Kerala government in 2007.
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) had suggested
three names - two retired officers and one serving -
for the post of CVC.