CVC Thomas on thin ice, may quit today

The government has made up its mind to seek Thomas`resignation as CVC, reports claimed.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Apparently realising that defending PJ Thomas has now become an untenable proposition, the government seems to have made up its mind to seek his resignation from the post of CVC, reports claimed Friday.

The core group of the Congress would be meeting here today to discuss the recent developments especially yesterday’s terse observations by the Supreme Court, when the government was asked to explain the procedure followed in PJ Thomas’ appointment. The Attorney General – appearing on behalf of the government – had told the court that the selection committee that selected him was not aware of the chargesheet pending him in a corruption case in Kerala.

Besides the core group meeting, Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily will also - as per reports -be holding deliberations with Home Minister Chidambaram and other senior party leaders to decide on the way forward

Some other reports claimed that Thomas would himself be heading to Rashtrapati Bhavan today to personally handover his resignation to President Pratibha Patil.

Apart from the SC’s tough stand on the issue, what added to the level of discomfort are the claims by Sushma Swaraj that the government is speaking untruth on the issue and that she will file an affidavit in court to put the record straight on her dissenting note in his selection over a corruption case.

As per reports, the government wants to abandon Thomas before she files the affidavit as that would mean that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram would also become party to the legal case pertaining to the CVC – something the government clearly wants to avoid.

Thomas was selected as the CVC in September last by a committee comprising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister P Chidambaram and Sushma Swaraj. Though Swaraj had given a written dissent, the committee selected Thomas on a majority basis.

Sushma Swaraj had claimed she opposed the appointment of Thomas, a Kerala cadre IAS officer, as his name had figured in the charge sheet of a corruption case regarding palm oil imports in Kerala in the 1990s.