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A tainted CVC ?

Discussion in 'National Politics' started by Osiris, Sep 11, 2010.

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  1. Osiris

    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Someone involved in corruption cases can’t be CVC.'

    The appointment of telecom secretary P J Thomas as the next Central Vigilance Commissioner has become controversial with the main opposition party, the BJP, objecting to it on grounds of impropriety. The opposition leader in the Lok Sabha is a member of the panel that decides on the selection of the CVC, who is an important constitutional authority tasked with the responsibility of probing corruption. According to convention, the appointment is made on the basis of consensus, so that it is above partisan considerations and the CVC is acceptable to the opposition also. It was unfortunate that the government departed from this practice and went ahead with his appointment.

    It will be improper for Thomas, as CVC, to investigate the 2G spectrum allotment scandal in which his own ministry was involved. Though he became telecom secretary after the allotment, the ministry has consistently defended the allegedly irregular allotments. More importantly, Thomas was involved in a major corruption case relating to import of palm oil from Malaysia when he was the food and civil supplies secretary in Kerala. There was demand for his prosecution but the permission for that was denied by the Centre. The state government was also reluctant to appoint him as the chief secretary because of the taint of the palm oil scandal, though it relented later. An official with such a doubtful record should not have been made the CVC. The leader of the Opposition, Sushma Swaraj, has recorded her dissenting view, and the government should have respected that. There were two other senior government secretaries in the shortlisted panel of candidates. Why did the government insist on its decision when there were others who do not have the cloud of controversy over them?

    The Central Vigilance Commission has not been an effective body though it has vast constitutional powers and the effective exercise of these powers is very important in a milieu of rising corruption and official misconduct. It has the task of superintendence over investigating agencies like the CBI and is not answerable to the executive. A person holding the top office in the commission should have the best credentials and the highest level of credibility. The government should not have made a prestige issue of its choice and now its motive itself has become suspect. A CVC with less than the best image will only further weaken the institution.

    A tainted CVC
     
  2. Osiris

    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Vaiko says remove new CVC

    Chennai, Sept. 10: MDMK leader Vaiko on Friday accused the Centre of appointing former telecom secretary P.J. Thomas as central vigilance commissioner in an effort to “cover upâ€￾ the alleged 2G spectrum allocation scandal.

    “The Centre has appointed him as CVC unmindful of the criticism on the issue and this has raised many questions,â€￾ Vaiko said in a party statement here.

    “This is part of an effort to cover up the scandal and allow the accused go scot free.â€￾

    Claiming that Mr Thomas had opposed investigation of the 2G spectrum scam as telecom secretary, the MDMK chief demanded his immediate removal as central vigilance commissioner.

    The BJP has already protested against the appointment, alleging that Mr Thomas had earlier been embroiled in a palm oil scam though he was later given a clean chit.

    Vaiko says remove new CVC | Deccan Chronicle | 2010-09-11
     
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    RoYaN Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Who is this Vaiko guy????
    He is not even an MLA.
     
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    RoYaN Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    He was proven Innocent then what is the problem
     
  5. Osiris

    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Attacking the government over the appointment of the Telecom Secretary as Central Vigilance Commissioner, the BJP yesterday termed the move as "scandalous" and violative of a Supreme Court direction.

    Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, meets the President to convey the BJP's objections to the appointment of the CVC, TJ Joseph. However, the BJP has denied boycotting the CVC's swearing in ceremony. Spokesperson of the party, Prakash Javadekar, has said that the party only raised their apprehension about the new CVC.

    "The BJP asks the Prime Minister, government why the insistence on P J Thomas being appointed as CVC chief?", BJP spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad told reporters.

    Describing the appointment as "scandalous", he said the principal opposition was "deeply shocked" over the "arbitrary" move.

    He described Thomas' appointment as going against a Supreme Court directive and mentioned a 1998 judgement by the apex court over such appointments.

    Quoting a Supreme Court ruling in the Vineet Narain and others Vs Union of India and others case, Prasad said, "... we hereby direct as under that the CBI and the CVC, the latter shall be given statutory status.

    "Selection for the post of Central Vigilance Commissioner shall be made by a committee comprising the Prime Minister, Home Minister, Leader of Opposition from a panel of outstanding civil servants with impeccable integrity. The appointment shall be made by the President on the recommendations of this committee immediately."

    Lambasting the UPA, he said, "How can the government satisfy the county that P J Thomas is an officer of impeccable integrity. His name has also emerged in an oil scam in Kerala.

    A media report said when Thomas was the telecom secretary he had raised an objection that CVC cannot look into the 2G spectrum issue as it does not have right to look into policy matters.

    "2G spectrum is now a scam worth Rs 60,000 crores. CBI in its initial report has found irregularities to the tune of Rs 22,000 crores. CBI raided telecom officials. CVC had raised some objections to the spectrum allocation. When the 2G spectrum issue will be probed, the role of Thomas will also be looked into. Certainly the role of the telecom secretary will come up," Prasad said.

    He quoted Home Minister P Chidambaram as having said that Thomas had been exonerated in a palm oil case. "I don't want to get into how much truth there is in that statement. But what does he have to say about the murky
    role in a scam in which the telecom secretary is concerned," the BJP leader said.

    He also sought to know if Thomas had approached the CVC in his capacity as telecom secretary about "irregularities" in the 2G spectrum allocation.

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday defended the appointment of Thomas as the new Central Vigilance Commissioner and said, "We have done the right thing. We have chosen the best candidate out of the list of three"

    BJP boycotts CVC swearing in- TIMESNOW.tv - Latest Breaking News, Big News Stories, News Videos
     
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    New CVC an accused in palmolein scam in Kerala

    The Centre may have given a clean chit to P J Thomas, the Kerala cadre IAS officer who has been appointed the Chief Vigilance Commissioner, but to the State Vigilance Anti-Corruption Bureau, he is still an accused in the palmolein import case.

    State government sources said so far there is no information on the exoneration of Thomas in the case chargesheeted in the court of the Enquiry Commissioner and Special Judge (Vigilance) here in 2003.Thomas is the eighth accused in the case (6/2003) chargesheeted by the VACB.

    Further proceedings in the case were stayed after K Karunakaran, another accused in the case, approached the Supreme Court maintaining that the Speaker’s permission was required to prosecute him.

    VACB sources said as per the current status of the case, P J Thomas is still an accused in the case. “We don’t have any records showing Thomas has been exonerated in the case,â€￾ the source said. The Vigilance Special Court where the case was registered too does not have any record to show that Thomas has been exonerated of the charges. While the Prime Minister has held high Thomas’s integrity, Home Minister P Chidambaram said Thomas was exonerated in the palmoil import scam.

    The appointment of Thomas as CVC had sparked off a controversy with the BJP questioning his integrity over his alleged involvement in a 2G spectrum deal as well as the palmolein case. Subsequently, the Congress leadership had come to his rescue. The case pertains to irregularities in the import of 15,000 tonnes of palmolein to the state through the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation (Supplyco).

    According to the Vigilance case, the then Chief Minister K Karunakaran colluded with Food Minister T H Mustafa, Chief Secretary S Padmakumar, Supplyco MD Jiji Thomson and Civil Supplies Secretary P J Thomas to cause a loss of Rs 2.80 crore to the exchequer.

    Flash News Today – Online News Magazine » New CVC an accused in palmolein scam in Kerala
     
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