Controversial Central Vigilance Commissioner PJ Thomas may step down ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on Monday when it is slated to take up a public interest litigation against his appointment.
Though Thomas has been maintaining that there was no corruption charge against him and his conscience was clear, highly placed sources said that he may put in his papers to avoid embarrassment to the government when the issue figures in the apex court.
"I am morally clear. My conscience is very clear. I am continuing as CVC," he told reporters on Thursday dismissing as "speculative" questions on his possible resignation.
Thomas' name figures in a chargesheet related to the alleged scam of importing Palmolein in Kerala in 1991 and the Supreme Court questioned how he would function in as CVC in view of a pending criminal case against him.
60-year-old Thomas, who was Telecom Secretary till recently, was appointed to the CVC's post by a three-member panel headed by Prime Minister but not before the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj gave a dissenting note.
Appointed less than three months ago, his name figures in the chargesheet relating to import of palmolein when he was serving in the Kerala government.
The Supreme Court had raised questions on Thomas' ability to supervise the CBI investigations in the 2G case. It would be difficult for Thomas to objectively monitor the investigations, it had said. Following this Thomas on Wednesday offered to recuse himself from supervising the probe.
Meanwhile, Thomas got the support of Kerala IAS officers on Thursday when their Association expressed concern over the "smear campaign" against him. He was a man of "impeccable integrity", the Association said.