The Supreme Court on Wednesday told the centre not to appoint the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) and Vigilance Commissioner without its permission.
A bench, headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu, asked the centre to continue with the selection process but sought details of all applicants. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said he would file the relevant records before the bench on January 15, 2015.
The Supreme Court is hearing a PIL filed by NGO Centre for Integrity, Governance and Training in Vigilance Administration accusing the government of not following the rules, which provide for wide publicity to the vacancies, claiming preference was given to retired bureaucrats.
The top court took note of the lack of transparency in the selection process. Following this Rohatgi gave the assurance that no final decision would be taken without the court’s nod. Central Vigilance Commissioner Pradip Kumar’s tenure ended on September 28 while Vigilance Commissioner JM Garg’s tenure ended on September 7.
The government halted the selection process and advertised for the post inviting applications from common people too. The Cabinet secretary and 36 other secretaries proposed names of 120 people for the post — of which five names were forwarded to the selection committee.
The NGO had contended the Centre ought to have a similar procedure for appointment of CVC and VC as that of filling up the post of chairperson and eight members in the Lokpal under the provisions of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.