New Delhi: Prime Minsiter Manmohan Singh on Monday accepted the responsibility for appointment of PJ Thomas as CVC in Parliament.
The Prime Minister first said in the Lok Sabha that, “We accept and respect the decision of the Supreme Court annulling appointment of PJ Thomas as CVC”.
The Opposition created an uproar after his suo motu statement had no mention about responsibility and contained only the sequence of events beginning from the appointment of Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner and its annulment by the Supreme Court last week.
Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj objected immediately by saying, “I am surprised that the PM’s statement in Jammu was different from the one in Lok Sabha today”.
“What PM said outside the Parliament, should be repeated in Parliament,” she stressed.
There has been an error of judgement in CVC appointment and I accept full responsibility for it, the Prime Minister said in Jammu on Friday.
Following BJP leader Sushma Swaraj’s critisism the Prime Minister, without wasting any time, said, “I have no hesitation in what is said in Jammu. There was an error of judgment and I have no hesitation in owning up the responsibility.”
The Supreme Court on Thursday quashed the appointment of the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC).
The apex court observed that Thomas is a person who is tainted as he was an accused in the palmoline export scam in Kerala. The Supreme Court said that the high-powered committee’s recommendation on appointment of Thomas “does not exist in law”. The committee, for whatsoever reason, failed to consider relevant material recommending action against Thomas, the court observed.
The court also rejected the Central Government’s contention that vigilance clearance given by the CVC in 2008 was the basis for empanelment of Thomas as a candidate for the post of CVC.
The court also rejected the Government’s argument that the CVC’s appointment was not under the jurisdiction of the court and added that future appointments to the post should not be restricted to civil servants alone; that people of impeccable integrity from other fields should be considered as well.