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4 months after Thomas ouster, Defence secy becomes CVC

Four months after the Supreme Court quashed the appointment of PJ Thomas, defence secretary Pradeep Kumar was chosen as India’s next chief vigilance commissioner on Saturday.

india Updated: Jul 03, 2011 01:29 IST

Four months after the Supreme Court quashed the appointment of PJ Thomas, defence secretary Pradeep Kumar was chosen as India’s next chief vigilance commissioner on Saturday.

A panel comprising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, home minister P Chidambaram and leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj was unanimous on Kumar, a 1972 batch IAS officer of the Haryana cadre.

During Thomas’ selection, Swaraj had raised objections on the ground that there were corruption cases relating to the multi-crore palmolein import scandal in Kerala pending against him. His appointment was subsequently quashed.

“The name has been finalised. I have not raised any objection,” Swaraj said after a 20-minute meeting of the panel.

After the Thomas episode, the Centre initiated a new process to select the CVC according to the court’s guidelines of choosing a person of “impeccable integrity”.

A list of probable candidates prepared by the department of personnel and training was placed before the panel. Kumar will retire as defence secretary on July 31 and will hold the CVC’s post till he is 65. He turns 62 on September 29.

First Published: Jul 03, 2011 01:26 IST