New Delhi: The Centre on Monday strongly
defended the appointment of controversial bureaucrat PJ
Thomas, facing a corruption case in a Kerala court, as Central
Vigilance Commissioner, saying he was an "outstanding officer"
with "impeccable integrity".
In an affidavit in the Supreme Court cleared by
Attorney General GE Vahanvati, Government also said there was
no need for "consensus" of the three-member high powered
committee on CVC's appointment.
While Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister
P Chidambaram had approved his appointment, Leader of the
Opposition Sushma Swaraj, who was the third member of the
panel, opposed the same on account of Thomas's "tainted"
The affidavit said no statutory norms were violated in
the appointment of Thomas and his suitability for the post
should not be decided by the apex court.
"It is well settled that a question of suitability
should be left to the wisdom of the appointing authority.
Suitability cannot be questioned by the court and the
suitability should be left to the wisdom of the appointing
First Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 00:39