The Supreme Court will on Thursday decide the fate of tainted central vigilance commissioner (CVC) PJ Thomas, whose appointment as the country’s anti-corruption watchdog has been challenged on the ground that a corruption case was pending against him in Kerala.
Thomas is a chargesheeted accused in the two-decade-old Palmolein oil import scam that took place during his tenure as Kerala’s food secretary.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India SH Kapadia had on February 10 reserved its verdict on two petitions filed by Center for Public Interest Litigation and some retired bureaucrats, including former chief election commissioner J M Lyngdoh after hearing arguments from the petitioners, the Centre and Thomas.
Thomas, who took over as CVC on September 7, 2010, has contested the petitions on the ground that he was appointed to the post in view of the vigilance clearance given to him before his appointment as secretary in the government.
He has also said that the corruption case in the Kerala was a result of political rivalry between former chief minister K Karunakaran of the Congress and present chief minister V S Achuthanandan of the CPI-M.