CVC appointment was an error of judgement: Manmohan Singh

March 7th, 2011 - 2:23 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Mar 7 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh today accepted error of judgement in appointing PJ Thomas as the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC).

Speaking in the Parliament on the row, Dr. Singh said that the government would keep in mind the guidelines suggested by the Supreme Court while appointing a new CVC.

The original statement by the Prime Minister did not mention about his responsibility on the issue.

As soon as he finished speaking, leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj objected to this omission and reminded him of his statement made in Jammu where he accepted responsibility for the appointment of Thomas as CVC.

Responding to this, Dr. Singh admitted that appointment of Thomas was an error of judgement and he accepted complete responsibility for it.

Thomas, who is facing a corruption case in a Kerala court, handed over his resignation to the government on Thursday after the Supreme Court struck down his appointment as the CVC.

A three-judge bench headed by the Chief Justice of India S.H. Kapadia delivered its verdict on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that sought removal of Thomas from the position of CVC.

The apex court, which had on February 10 reserved its on petitions challenging the appointment of Thomas, said that the appointment was illegal and that he must go.

The Centre for Public Interest Litigation, an NGO and others had earlier challenged Thomas’s appointment as the CVC, quoting the Palmolein import corruption case in which Thomas is an accused. (ANI)

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