Thomas resigns as CVC after SC declares appointment illegal



New Delhi: Central Vigilance Commissioner PJ Thomas has resigned after the Supreme Court held his appointment as illegal, Law Minister M Veerappa Moily said on Thursday.

"He has resigned...the Supreme Court has also held his appointment as illegal," Moily told reporters.

To a question on the apex court's rap on the government on Thomas' appointment, Moily said, "We respect the judgement. Other details we won't be able to say because we are yet to go through the judgement."

Shortly after the Supreme Court's verdict on Thomas, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met Moily to discuss the issue.

Minister of State in PMO V Narayanasamy was also present.

After a brief meeting with the Prime Minister, Moily and Narayanasamy met Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

To a question on whether the apex court ruling was an embarrassment for the Prime Minister as he was a part of the panel which selected Thomas, the Law Minister said no "illegality" has been done by the Prime Minister.

"There is no such illegality done by the Prime Minister. PM has been very clear...," Moily said.

The Law Minister, however, said the Government will "set right" the procedure for such appointments.

"There are some set procedures. That procedure would have been questioned (by the apex court) and we will set right the procedure for the future...," he said.

He said executive orders are challenged before the SC on many occasions and government takes corrective measures based on rulings.

"The SC passes an order. If there are any procedural things that have been commented upon, we are here to rectify and proceed further," he said.

Defending the decision of the panel to appoint Thomas despite protests by Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj, Moily said whenever such appointment are considered, it is done after getting clearance from the CVC.

"Here is a case which was cleared. Whether the CVC was wrong in clearing it is a matter of debate. On the basis of that the collegium (three-member panel) had cleared it. You can't find fault with the PM..." he said in reply to a poser on the decision to select Thomas as CVC despite opposition by Swaraj.

PTI