CVC issue: Centre may initiate action against officer

Facing scrutiny from SC over the selection of PJ Thomas as CVC, the Centre may initiate action against an officer who did not bring to the notice of selection committee that a request for prosecution sanction of him was pending.

New Delhi: Facing scrutiny from the
Supreme Court over the selection of P J Thomas as CVC, the
Centre may initiate action against an officer who allegedly
did not bring to the notice of selection committee that a
request for prosecution sanction of him was pending with the
government.
Official sources claimed that prior to the appointment
of Thomas as the Central Vigilance Commissioner, it was not
brought to the notice of the selection committee that a
request for prosecution sanction of him was pending with the
Department of Personnel and Training.

The committee, comprising Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh, Home Minister P Chidambaram and Leader of Opposition in
Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, has not been informed about the
issue, they said.

Besides, since Thomas` appointment till date, there
was complete change of guard in the DoPT and a new Minister as
well as a new Secretary took charge.
Then DoPT Minister Prithviraj Chavan was replaced by V
Naranyanswamy and then Secretary Santanu Consul was succeeded
by Alaka Sirohi. Even the concerned Joint Secretary went out
of the Department during a routine transfer.

Sources said the government may now take
administrative action against the concerned officer who was
responsible for preparing the note on Thomas which was
presented before the selection committee.

PTI

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