A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed against Thomas claiming that he was not a person of impeccable integrity, a quality one needs to possess to become the CVC of the country. Two PILs were filed; one by an NGO, the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) and another by a Former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), JM Lyngdoh. Inspite of the charge sheet filed in his name in the Palmolein scam, the fact was not taken into account during his induction into a post of authority.
Senior BJP leader, Sushma Swaraj had apparently pointed out the fact to the committee that chose Thomas as CVC then. She was part of the committee to appoint the CVC that also comprised the Prime Minister and the Home Minister.
Thomas, however in his counter-argument maintains that there were many MP's in the Parliament who did not have a clean record and said that there were around 28.6 percent of MPs who face criminal charges, of which 74 MPs face serious criminal charges.
Thomas' appointment had caused major embarrassment to the UPA government, when it claimed before the apex body that it was not aware of the charges against Thomas during his appointment then.