In her first reaction to the quashing of CVC appointment by the Supreme Court today, leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj tweeted "The dignity of the office of CVC has been restored".
BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that the verdict is a huge blow for the UPA government, Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh. There has to be a moral responsibility for "Mr Clean" (PM).
High-powered committee which took this decision comprised of PM Manmohan SIngh, Home Minister P Chidamabaram and Sushma Swaraj. At that time Swaraj had objected to Thomas' appointment. She accused Chidambaram of informing the committee that Thomas had been acquitted in the Palmolein case.
While striking down the CVC appointment, the Supreme Court said that the high-powered comittee's recommendation on appointment of Thomas "does not exist in law".
Apex court rejected the contention of Thomas and the government that the appointment of the CVC cannot be brought under judicial review. SC says legality of the recommendation can be brought under judicial review.
SC said any future appointment should not be restricted to civil servants alone but people of impeccable integrity from other fields should also be considered.