The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to accord an urgent hearing to a plea challenging the appointment of Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) KV Chaudhary and Vigilance Commissioner (VC) TM Bhasin on the ground that the two “do not have clean record”.
A bench of chief justice TS Thakur and justice UU Lalit said the matter will be heard on March 29 after the vacation and will not be deleted after senior advocate Ram Jethmalani sought the urgent hearing.
The lawyer said the plea would become infructuous if the hearing does not take place as the person, who has become the CVC, would retire after “enjoying fruits of the appointment”.
“They have appointed a person (Chaudhary) who, in my opinion, should have been in jail,” Jethmalani said.
“Mr Jethmalani, you argue for bringing people out of jail,” the bench said and later assured him the plea would be heard on urgent basis.
Earlier, the court, on August 13 last year, had issued notice to the Centre and others on the plea challenging the two appointments. The plea was filed by NGO Common Cause through lawyer Prashant Bhushan.