The India Rejuvenation Initiative (IRI) today expressed concern over the unsatisfactory functioning of Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). The IRI also drew the attention of the UPA government over inordinate delay in filling up two vacant posts of vigilance commissioners. The CVC Pratyush Sinha will also demit office within two months, the IRI said.
The former chief justice of India Justice RC Lahoti, one of the founding members of the IRI, in a letter to the chairperson UPA and National Advisory Council Sonia Gandhi has asked for probity and transparency in appointments and working of the commission.
The IRI, an organization of serving and retired bureaucrats, has been carrying on effective campaign against corruption in public life at every level. The UP cadre serving officers in the organization are Vijay Shankar Pandey, Raju Sharma, Renuka Kumar, Sunil Kumar (all IAS), Jasvir Singh (IPS) and chairman UP Service Public Commission SR Lakha.
Justice Lahoti said “ We have drawn the attention of the government at the highest level to the unsatisfactory manner in which the CVC has functioned during the last several years. This has produced no results”.
Pointing out that after the murder of NHAI officer Satyendra Dubey, the CVC had assured protection all “whistleblowers” but “every whistleblower who approached the CVC came to grief while the culprits remain by and large unharmed to this day”, Justice Lahoti said.
“We believe that this unintended deleterious consequence is not a systematic failure rather it is the failure of those appointed to these high positions”, Justice Lahoti said, adding “the process of selection is wrong and so long as it continues, we will keep getting appointments which provide a perfect alibi for the government and nothing but frustration for us citizens”.
Recalling that “public scrutiny” had prevented Justice Dinakaran from elevation to Supreme Court, Justice Lahoti said process of appointment in CVC should be amended with a view to the widest public participation. He said before filling up vacant posts in CVC all the names should be exposed to public scrutiny.