The Great Debate (India)

Has the dignity of the CVC been restored?


A view of the Supreme Court building is seen in New Delhi December 7, 2010. REUTERS/B Mathur/Files

The Supreme Court on Thursday quashed the appointment of the central vigilance commissioner (CVC) for involvement in a palmolein import case, in another rebuke for the Congress-led coalition government.

The rejection of P.J. Thomas’s appointment as CVC comes as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government is trying to defend itself against a series of graft scandals including a $39 billion telecoms licensing scam.

The top court said the appointment of Thomas was made last year without taking into account the 1992 case in which he, as a state official, had been accused of signing a deal to import palm oil from Malaysia at higher prices.

Has the dignity of the CVC been restored? Share your views.