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Ex-CVC Thomas questions SC verdict
New Delhi, Mar 12 (Agencies):
Published on 12 Mar. 2011 11:46 PM IST
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Former central vigilance commissioner (CVC) PJ Thomas is not yet ready to give up. He is now taking on the Supreme Court and has decided to challenge its March 3 verdict of sacking him.
Thomas filed a review petition demanding that his case be heard by a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court claiming it involves a substantial question of law. His petition says the verdict of the Supreme Court is null and void as it was heard by a three-judge bench.
Thomas has claimed that the apex court’s March 3 judgement quashing his appointment it not correct as the judiciary has no right to decide his eligibility for the post without prior reference from the President.
“It is a matter affecting the basic structure of the Constitution. The most crucial aspect of this case is to involve at least five judges in this case,” said Thomas’ lawyer Wills Mathew.
The Supreme Court had scrapped Thomas’ appointment to the post of the CVC saying that pending corruption cases against him had been ignored.
The case had assumed political proportions forcing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to admit in Parliament that Thomas’ appointment was an error of judgment.
PJ Thomas was a senior bureaucrat in Kerala in the early 90s, when he allegedly pushed the government to allow the import of edible oil or palmolein. The deal ended up costing the government crores.
Thomas was charged with corruption in a criminal case, but because of the political sensitivities of those named with him, the case progressed in fits and starts, depending on which government was in power in Kerala. Mr Thomas enjoyed a series of promotions which saw him being deputed to the Centre.

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