Supreme Court asks how CVC will function in light of criminal case
Government today placed the file relating to the appointment of PJ Thomas as the chief vigilance commissioner in the Supreme Court, which questioned as to how he would function in the post in view of a pending criminal case against him.
"Without looking into the file, we are concerned that if a person is an accused in a criminal case how will he function as CVC," a bench headed by chief justice SH Kapadia observed after attorney general GE Vahanvati placed the file in a sealed cover.
The bench said it will go through the file and posted the matter after two weeks.
"We will sit together and go through the file," the bench also comprising Justices KS Radhakrishnan and Swatanter Kumar said.
The name of Thomas figures in the charge sheet filed in a palmoleine export case.
After the file was placed before it, the apex court bench said it would like to know whether the eligibility criteria of impeccable integrity has been met.
The bench told attorney general GE Vahanvati that the issue as to how Thomas will function as CVC when his name is there in a charge sheet will crop up at every stage.
The AG sought to clarify that there was no involvement of Thomas in palmoleine export case and the sanction to prosecute him had not been processed.
The bench, however, said, "Let us proceed on assumption that at every stage there will be allegations that you should not process a file as CVC as you are accused in a criminal case. How will you function as CVC?
"In every case the CBI has to report to him," the bench pointed out.
"Under the service jurisprudence, a person cannot even be considered for promotions when a charge sheet is pending against him," said the bench.
"At this stage as a charge sheet is pending against him since 2002, he is not even considered to be promoted. We are only suggesting whether he will be able to function as CVC. He himself will be an embarrassment," it said.
"Since this matter is very important, we will structure our order on this basis," it said.
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