Happy at opportunity to defend myself: Thomas

CVC PJ Thomas expressed happiness that he would be able to defend himself before SC now.

Last Updated: Dec 06, 2010, 17:46 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: After the Supreme Court on Monday asked him to explain his continuation as India’s Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) despite facing a corruption case in a Kerala court, PJ Thomas expressed happiness that he would be able to defend himself.

“I am glad that finally I will get to present my side to the Supreme court,” he told a TV channel.

Thomas added that he would immediately consult his lawyers and prepare an answer for the court’s notice.

The apex court, which examined the file relating to
Thomas` appointment as CVC, sought the explanation, issuing
him notices on various petitions which contended that he did
not fulfil the criteria for holding such an important and
sensitive post.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia issued the
notice also to the government on various petitions challenging
the appointment of Thomas as CVC despite having been
chargesheeted in Palmolein oil import case in Kerala.

Thomas, who was appointed as CVC on September 7 this
year, was issued notices on petitions filed by NGO, Centre for
Public Interest Litigation(CPIL) and some other eminent persons
including former Chief Election Commissioner J M Lyngdoh
against his appointment.

"We have gone through the file. We will keep the
matter for final hearing," the bench also comprising justices
K S Radhakrishnan and Swatanter Kumar said while posting the
matter for hearing on January 27.

"Let them file their affidavit," the bench said, while
also asking them to complete the process of filing replies and
counter replies and other written submissions by the next date
of hearing.

-PTI inputs

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