Decision to appoint Thomas is to cover up 2G scam: BJP

With the government deciding to appoint P J Thomas as new Central Vigilance Commissioner, the BJP today alleged that the move was to cover up the 2G spectrum scam and alleged irregularities in the CWG related projects.

New Delhi: With the government deciding to
appoint P J Thomas as new Central Vigilance Commissioner, the
BJP today alleged that the move was to cover up the 2G
spectrum scam and alleged irregularities in the Commonwealth
Games related projects.

Party spokesman Tarun Vijay said the Government`s
decision is "unacceptable" to the BJP.

He described the Government`s reported step as "sad
and shocking" and said it is being done in a "blatantly and
hastily" manner despite "suggestions and objections" by the
Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, who too is a
member of the selection committee.

Thomas, the Telecommunications Secretary, is
expected to take charge as CVC following superannuation of
incumbent Pratyush Sinha on Monday, official sources said.

"The recent appointment of Central Vigilance
Commissioner in the blatantly hastily manner is the clear
indication that the government wants to cover up the 2G
spectrum scam," Vijay told reporters here.

"And not only that immediately after the Commonwealth
games, all the financial irregularities that have been alleged
will come to be inquired into by the CVC," he added.

Vijay said that government has decided to appoint
Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner ignoring the
"suggestion and objection" of the leader of Opposition in Lok
Sabha Sushma Swaraj.

There were three names proposed by the panel for the
post and Swaraj suggested the committee to choose any one of
the two names except Thomas but "it was ignored", he said.

Swaraj suggested the committee to enlarge and revise
list saying that there were "many more better names" outside
the panel`s suggestions which can now be included for "this
very significant and important post", he said adding that this
suggestion was also ignored by the committee.

At the end, she asked to postpone the meeting for
another day suggesting them to do "more homework" and decide
what could be the "best nomination" for the post, he said.

"This was also ignored," Vijay said, adding "what is
the use of inviting or having Leader of Opposition as a member
of selection committee."

Vijay said that the only reason that Swaraj objected
to Thomas`s appointment was that "he had already been involved
in palm oil scam in Kerala when K Karunakaran was the Chief
Minister of the state."

He said his party is aware of the fact that Thomas`s
name was cleared in the case after inquiry, but for the post
of CVC, a person who is completely blameless should be
nominated.

"It`s really shocking and surprising that how
government insisted on just one name, that is of Thomas, and
ignored the suggestion and objection of the leader of the Lok
Sabha Sushma Swaraj. Hence, she recorded her dissent," he
said.

Vijay said that CBI is probing the 2G spectrum scam
but it may come to CVC at the later stage for it being the
"boss of the CBI".

He alleged that being the Telecom Secretary, Thomas
has to defend A Raja, minister of Telecommunications, and
entire 2G spectrum scam.

"How will he probe the 2G Spectrum scam and people
will trust on it after he assumes charge of CVC....such
incidents shows the metalitly of the government in a
democracy," he said.

PTI

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