CVC case: Sushma refuses to comment on PC`s charge

Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj declined to comment on Union Home Minister P Chidambaram`s charge that she was making "thoughtless allegations" on the issue of PJ Thomas` appointment as the Central Vigilance Commissioner.

Last Updated: Feb 04, 2011, 18:59 PM IST

Nagapattinam (TN): Senior BJP leader Sushma
Swaraj on Friday declined to comment on Union Home Minister P
Chidambaram`s charge that she was making "thoughtless
allegations" on the issue of P J Thomas` appointment as the
Central Vigilance Commissioner.

"The matter is pending in the Supreme Court. It is not
proper for me to comment on the matter," she told reporters
here.
Chidambaram had accused Swaraj of making "thoughtless
allegations" and "tying herself in knots" by levelling the
charge that he had misled the panel, which selected Thomas as
the CVC.

"I take exception to the statement by Sushma Swaraj...
that I had `misled the selection committee` and told the
committee that Thomas had been `acquitted`," Chidambaram had
said in a statement on Wednesday.

Swaraj had accused Chidambaram of informing the committee
that Thomas had been acquitted in the Palmolein case.
Following this, she had asked whether Thomas was eligible
even if he was acquitted in the case on the ground that the
CVC must be an outstanding officer with impeccable integrity.

Asked about BJP`s stand on the need for a JPC probe in
the 2G spectrum scandal in the aftermath of former Telecom
minister A Raja`s arrest, Swaraj said the party was firm on
its demand for the same.

"We will continue to raise the need for a JPC and insist
on that," she said.
The BJP leader was here to console the family members of
a fisherman who was killed allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy
while fishing off the Kodaikarai coast on January 22.

PTI