New Delhi: The Kerala government has said
that it does not have the bio-data submitted by former Central
Vigilance Commissioner PJ Thomas at the time of his
appointment to the post.
The case relates to an RTI applicant, who sought to know
from the Department of Personnel (DOPT) whether Thomas was
named as an accused in the Palmolein oil import case in the
period between 1991-93 and whether the fact was omitted from
his bio-data and reasons for "hiding the fact from the
selection-committee" which approved his name as CVC.
In response to the RTI filed by S C Agrawal, the DOPT
said, "Bio data as reflected in the ER sheet is generated on
the basis of inputs provided by the State Government."
"The responsibility of the correctness of information
available on the ER sheet lies with the State Government where
the officer is posted and the individual officer concerned,"
it further said.
The Department forwarded the questions to Kerala
Government which, in its response said, "The undersigned is
not in a position to furnish the details...since the bio-data
said to have been filed by Thomas, IAS, at the time of his
appointment as Chief (sic) Vigilance Commissioner is not
available with the State Government."
The ER sheet, which was placed before the CVC selection
committee comprising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home
Minister P Chidambaram and Leader of opposition in Lok Sabha
Sushma Swaraj, did not mention the pending palmolein case
against Thomas who was appointed the CVC on September 7, 2010.
Swaraj, who had opposed the appointment of Thomas, had
alleged that the files circulated before the selection
committee did not make a mention about the Palmolein case in
which he is listed as an accused.
Thomas is facing a corruption case in a Kerala court
relating to oil palmolein import from Malaysia during the UDF
government headed by late K Karunakaran in 1991.
The 60-year-old bureaucrat, whose appointment as
Central Vigilance Commissioner was set aside by Supreme Court
in March this year, was the Food Secretary of the Kerala
government at that time.
In December 2006, when Congress leader Oommen Chandy
was the Kerala chief minister, the state government had
decided to close the case. However, the decision was rescinded
after Achuthanandan became the chief minister in May 2006 as
he had vigorously pursued the case from the start.