The verdict will be yet another slam to the Union government that came up with arguments to justify its stand. The Supreme Court has said in terms no less that there is no merit in the government's argument and also said that the government ignored the taint on Thomas. He was chargesheeted in the case as well.
Thomas was in the center of controversy over his alleged involvement in the Palmolein scam that rocked Kerala during his tenure as State Secretary in the State Ministry of Food and Civil Supplies between 2000 and 2004.
Thomas' appointment was carried out by a high-powered committee that included the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister, P Chidambaram and Opposition leader Sushma Swaraj.
The Supreme Court today said that the high-powered committee's recommendation on appointment of Thomas "does not exist in law". It also noted that the involvement of the Palmollein scam was not mentioned in Thomas' bio-data. It also recommended that the CVC necessarily does not need to be only civil servants.
The person holding a CVCs post should be a person of impeccable institutional and personal integrity, said the SC in its verdict. The SC has revealed that the appointment of the bureaucrat was not done in a correct fashion.
With the ouster of the CVC, the blame game will emerge and the incident will give power to the Opposition to attack the UPA government. The fingers are increasingly pointing to Home Minister P Chidambaram who pushed Thomas' case and ignored Sushma Swaraj' comments on the same.
BJP sources have commented, "The Prime Minister is culpable" and called it a "blow to the PMs and Home Minister's credibility." The JD(U) have also slammed the ruling government said that the PM should hold moral responsibility and resign from his post.