The government wants to wash its hands off the controversial appointment by stating to the Supreme Court panel that they were not aware of the corruption case against him at the time of his appointment.
The revelation was made by Attorney General GE Vahanvati before a bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia on inquiring whether they were aware of the charge sheet against him. "It was not before the committee. The material pertaining to the sanction for prosecution under section 120B of the Indian Penal Code was not before the committee. The bio-data did not reflect this aspect before the committee," G E Vahanvati said.
Thomas was indicted in the Palmolein scam in his previous posting as Food and Civil Supplies secretary in Kerala.
The government now faces extreme pressure from the opposition to take a stand on the controversial appointment. The apex body is miffed with the governments dealing of the matter. Meanwhile, Opposition leader Sushma Swaraj filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court on the CVC appointment on Thursday, Jan 27.
The government is most likely to decide on the tainted CVC's fate on Friday, Jan 28.