New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil Monday cancelled the appointment of P.J.Thomas as chief vigilance commissioner (CVC) following the Supreme Court declaring the appointment void.
“The president has cancelled the warrant of appointment of Thomas,” a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesman told IANS.
Six months after he was appointed to the post, the Supreme Court March 3 struck down Thomas’ appointment as CVC for his alleged involvement in a corruption case in Kerala in the 1990s.
The court said the appointment made by the high-powered committee, consisting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Leader of Opposition in the Sushma Swaraj does not exist in law. Swaraj had dissented with Thomas’ selection.