No comment on SC observation on CVC: Congress

Congress on Tuesday refused to comment on the Supreme Court raising questions about the controversial appointment of P J Thomas as the Central Vigilance Commissioner, saying that the matter was sub-judice.

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2010, 21:36 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday refused to comment
on the Supreme Court raising questions about the controversial
appointment of P J Thomas as the Central Vigilance
Commissioner, saying that the matter was sub-judice.
"It is not appropriate to make a comment on an issue,
which is pending before the court. There is an issue on which
the honourable Supreme Court has made a certain observation
and the AG has given a reply to it. It`s not proper for me to
speak on the issue," party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed said.

He was asked about the court observations as well as the
subsequent response of Attorney General G E Vahanvati.

Raising questions about the controversial appointment of
Thomas who is an accused in a criminal case, the SC had said
yesterday that he as the CVC will himself feel embarrassed due
to the pending case against him as in every case the CBI will
be dealing with him.

Thomas` name figures in the chargesheet filed in a
vigilance court in Kerala in the palmolein import case which
is due to come up again soon.
Thomas, till recently Secretary in the Union Telecom
Ministry which is at the centre of the 2G spectrum storm, was
appointed CVC on September 7 this year by a three-member panel
consisting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister
P Chidambaram and Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha
Sushma Swaraj. The BJP leader had opposed the appointment.

The court`s posers regarding Thomas` appointment had
prompted a sharp response from Vahanvati who said if the kind
of allegations levelled against him are considered then all
judicial appointments would be open to scrutiny. The AG said
all procedures have been followed in the case of Thomas`
appointment.

BJP, which had opposed appointment of P J Thomas as the
Central Vigilance Commissioner claimed that its stand had been
vindicated following Supreme Court`s observation on his
continuance.

PTI