New Delhi: Amidst of reports that he may quit, Central Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas on Wednesday maintained that he was still in the post.
“Government has appointed me as CVC. I am continuing as CVC,” he said.
“The matter is subjudice. It is better not to comment. Whatever proceedings is in the court it is unfair for me to comment,” Thomas said when asked about the apex court observation about him and whether he was going to quit.
Earlier, Solicitor General G E Vahanvati told the Supreme Court that PJ Thomas will recuse himself from the dealing with the investigation on the 2G spectrum case.
“In accordance with the highest tradition, Thomas has offered to recuse himself from the matter,” Solicitor General told a bench comprising justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly which had on Tuesday questioned Thomas supervising the CBI which is probing the scam.
The court had raised questions that Thomas was the Telecom Secretary at the relevant time.
60-year-old Thomas, who was Telecom Secretary till recently, was appointed to the CVC’s post by a three-member panel headed by Prime Minister but not not before the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, gave a dissenting note.
Appointed barely less than three months ago, Thomas’ name figures in the chargesheet relating to import of palmolein when he was serving in the Kerala government.