The Supreme Court has questioned the appointment P J Thomas as the Chief Vigilance Commissioner. Questioning the appointment the apex court said how Thomas would work as CVC since a chargesheet naming him is pending in a criminal case.

“Without looking into the file, we are concerned that if a person is an accused in a criminal case how he will function as CVC,” a bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia observed after Attorney General G E Vahanvati placed the file in a sealed cover.

The bench said it will go through the file and posted the matter after two weeks.

“We will sit together and go through the file,” the bench also comprising Justices K S Radhakrishnan and Swatanter Kumar said.

With a pending chargesheet against P J Thomas, he will find it very difficult to function as CVC, the court said. It also said how an accused in Palmolein import scam can be made to handle such a sensitive post.

The name of Thomas figures in the chargesheet filed in a palmoleine export case.

Government had placed in a sealed cover file relating to the appointment of P J Thomas as Chief Vigilance Commissioner in the Supreme Court.

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