Noted jurist and senior counsel Ram Jethmalani has opposed the recommendation of a high-powered committee to appoint KV Choudhury as the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) alleging the former Central Board of Direct Taxation (CBDT) chairperson was himself under a cloud in the “stock guru” scam.
The 91-year old is the second Supreme Court lawyer to come out against the recommendation, and wrote to President Pranab Mukherjee urging him to reject the same.
In his brief letter to the President, Jethmalani stressed that he was “opposed” to the appointment of Choudhury, and was writing in order to “warn” the government against taking such an “unfortunate” step.
“For the nation’s sake, call for the entire record of this officer’s involvement in criminal activities from which he has managed to get out with the help of corrupt and anti-national elements…” said Jethmalani.
The senior lawyer had also written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May urging him to reconsider the CVC appointment. Earlier this week, Bhushan had also come out against the appointment by calling it a “bipartisan consensus on corruption.” He had said Choudhury was the director general of income-tax when the Radia tapes were intercepted. He did not initiate action despite having evidence in the case. It was only on the intervention of the Supreme Court did the CBI and ED take up investigation, Bhushan’s letter stated.