Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Now, Thomas appeals to President against striking down of appointment

March 16, 2011 New Delhi:

Ex-Central Vigilance Commissioner PJ Thomas has appealed to President Pratibha Patil against striking down of his appointment.

On March 3 the Supreme Court quashed the appointment of Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner, holding that the recommendation made by the high-powered panel -- headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh -- did not consider the relevant material and therefore its advice \"does not exist in law\".

Thomas claimed that judiciary has no right to decide his eligibility for the post without prior reference from the President.

His counsel Wills Matthews said that Thomas was waiting for the Centre to file a review petition and in the event of it not being filed, the former CVC would file it before April 2.

A review petition has to be filed within 30 days of the judgement.

Thomas, in his review petition, has submitted that the Supreme Court should not have quashed his appointment without first allowing him to establish his innocence or otherwise in the palmolein case.

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