Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister
V S Achuthanandan today refuted the charge by Maharashtra
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan that it was the Kerala
government that gave vigilance clearance for P J Thomas, whose
appointment as Central Vigilance Commissioner was recently
struck down by the Apex Court.
In a statement here, the Chief Minister said Chavan,
former Union Minister of State for Personnel and Training,
was `lying` on the matter.
He said the state had apprised the Centre of the palmolein
graft case in which Thomas was an accused, when the latter
applied for deputation to central service.
"Though the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had owned
responsibility for the error of judgement, Chavan is now
trying to blame the Kerala government to hide his fault in
recommending the name of Thomas for the CVC post," he said.
The Prime Minister, in his speech in Parliament, had said
that the Department of Personnel and Training, then under
Prithviraj Chavan, was responsible for the lapse,
Achuthanandan pointed out.
Chavan had yesterday said that the vigilance clearance for
Thomas was done by Kerala state. "Chavan should have kept the
dignity of his post while making such statements,"