SC decision on CVC a historic day for rule of law: BJP
New Delhi: BJP on Thursday said the Supreme Court decision quashing the appointment of PJ Thomas as the
Central Vigilance Commissioner has helped restore the "dignity" of the constitutional post and it was a "historic verdict."
"The dignity of the office of CVC has been restored," Sushma Swaraj, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, said shortly after the apex court`s decision.
Swaraj who was part of the three-member panel headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, had opposed the appointment of Thomas as CVC and had given a dissent note. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram was the other member.
BJP spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad said it was a "historic" day for the Rule of Law and that Thomas was tainted from day one.
Another BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said the prime minister should take "full responsibility" for the turn of
events involving Thomas`s appointment as CVC.
CPI`s D Raja said the court decision was a "big blow" for the Union Government.
"Will the Prime Minister own up the responsibility" on the CVC appointment issue," Prasad asked and said Manmohan Singh must give an explanation to the nation.
"In the committee, Sushmaji had clearly stated that don`t appoint him (Thomas) because a corruption case is pending against him, yet he was appointed. We seriously suspected that he was appointed to somehow influence the CBI investigation into the 2G scam. The CVC is the monitoring agency of the CBI. He (Thomas) was also a telecom secretary," the BJP leader said.
"In the light of all these, we see the insistence of the PM that he will be appointed. The Prime Minister must
explain to the nation," Prasad said.
CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said this is "yet another blow" to the credibility of the government. "This only shows that the government has no respect for propriety, for convention, for the rules and norms."
The government is being run by the individuals according to "whims" or according to some orders from "some unseen person who is trying to run the show from behind," he said.
"This is yet another blow after the telecom and CWG scams and after many things that have eroded the credibility of the government. And I am sorry to say that my friend Mammohan Singh appears to be quite ignorant and disrespectful towards democratic conventions," Dasgupta said
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