New Delhi: The CPI(M) on Thursday said it was
"inexplicable" as to how the government was saying it was not
aware of the charges against Chief Vigilance Commissioner P J
Thomas while appointing him to the post.
"It is inexplicable. We can`t really understand how
the government is saying that they were not aware of certain
matters," CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said here.
He was reacting to the affidavit filed by Attorney
General G E Vahanvati in the Supreme Court that the high-
powered selection committee was not aware of the charges in
the Palmolein export case pending against Thomas in Kerala
while appointing him to the post.
"Everybody involved in the matter should come clean
because this is a position (of the CVC) that should command
respect, that should command fear. It cannot be under a
cloud", Yechury said.
He did not comment any further saying the matter is
The Centre for Public Interest Litigation, an NGO, and
others have challenged Thomas` appointment as the CVC, citing
the Pamolein import corruption case in which the top-ranking
official is an accused.