Kerala CM welcomes SC verdict on CVC

Last Updated: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 15:49

Thiruvananthapuram: Welcoming the Supreme
Court decision to quash the appointment of PJ Thomas as
Central Vigilance Commissioner, Kerala Chief Minister VS
Achuthanandan on Thursday demanded the resignation of those
responsible for the posting including Union Home Minister P
Chidambaram.

"Thomas was posted by the Union Government ignoring the
objection raised by the Opposition and without adhering to
existing rules. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram should
resign," he said, addressing a press conference.

When reporters pointed out that the Prime Minister headed
the panel that chose the CVC, the Chief Minister modified his
answer, saying "I meant those responsible for the posting."

To the question on Thomas`s appointment as state Chief
Secretary during his tenure, Achuthanandan said he took the
decision based on the request from 27 IAS officers who opined
that his services were required for the state. "I chose not to
reject their plea," he said.

"However, I continued to pursue the 1992 palmolein import
graft case in which Thomas was an accused and am still doing
it," Achuthanandan said.

The palmolein case related to alleged corruption in
importing pamolein from Malaysia, which caused a loss of
Rs 2.32 core to the state in 1991-92 when late Congress leader
K Karunarakan was the Chief Minister and PJ Thomas the Food
Secretary.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 15:49
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