Tainted CVC PJ Thomas likely to step down today
Posted on: 07:57 AM IST Dec 01, 2010
New Delhi: Under fire from both the Opposition and the Supreme Court over corruption taint, Chief Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas is set to resign on Wednesday.
Sources have told CNN-IBN that Thomas is waiting for President Pratibha Patil's return to submit his resignation.
With repeated Supreme Court censure, pressure has been mounting on the CVC. He was asked to step down voluntarily on Tuesday.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday virtually questioned the tenability of Thomas supervising the CBI's investigations into the 2G spectrum scandal as he himself was Telecom Secretary at the relevant point of time.
A bench of justices G S Singhvi and Ashok Kumar Ganguly pointed out that since the CBI functions under the over all supervision of the CVC it would be difficult for Thomas to objectively monitor the investigations.
"CBI is functioning under the CVC, at that time he(Thomas) was functioning as Telecom Secretary. It would be difficult for him to objectively monitor."
"He had justified the action which are being subject to scrutiny by this court and CBI. It would be difficult for him to objectively supervise." the bench observed.
His appointment as the CVC is also in question as he is charged in a criminal case in kerala.