Sushma not to move Supreme Court on CVC

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Sushma Swaraj
New Delhi, Feb 1: The Opposition senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday, Feb 1 announced she would not file an affidavit on the CVC PJ Thomas' appointment issue in the Supreme Court.

Swaraj said, “The Home Minister has now admitted that I had raised the Palmolein case in the meeting and recorded my disagreement precisely for this reason."

Swaraj made the decision after Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday accepted the fact following a long discussion on Thomas" involvement in the Palmolein case at the meeting,

Thomas' appointment as CVC was carried-out by a three-member panel, comprising PM Manmohan Singh, P Chidambaram and Sushma Swaraj.

Last week, the SC had questioned the government, if papers related to the chargesheet against Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) Thomas in Palmolein oil scam were circulated among the three-members of the committee that appointed Thomas.

Swaraj claimed that as a member of the panel she personally brought the scam charges against Thomas to the notice of PM and Home Minister. But the Attorney General GE Vahanvati contradicted Swaraj's statement by stating that during CVC's appointment the committee was ignorant regarding the chargsheet against Thomas.

Immediately, Swaraj slammed it by calling it a fake and told that she will file an affidavit on this issue as the government is misdirecting the SC. “Now there is no dispute on facts. Therefore, there is no need for my affidavit," she said.

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