New Delhi, Jan 27 (ANI): The Supreme Court will on Thursday hear a PIL challenging Central Vigilance Commissioner PJ Thomas' appointment and seeking his removal.
The PIL filed by eminent citizens, including former Chief Election Commissioner J M Lyngdoh, said that Thomas is a tainted civil servant and chargesheeted in the Palmoline import scam in Kerala.
However, the Government, in its affidavit to the apex court, has defended Thomas' appointment by saying that impeccable integrity for the CVC's appointment was not an eligibility criterion.
In an affidavit cleared by Attorney General G E Vahanvati, the government said there was no need for "consensus" of the three-member high-powered committee on Central Vigilance Commissioner" appointment.
The affidavit said no statutory norms were violated in the appointment of Thomas and the apex court should not decide his suitability for the post. (ANI)