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Jan 11, 2011 at 02:08pm IST

No relief for CVC Thomas in palmolien scam

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that the trial on palmolien import case against Chief Vigilance Commissioner PJ Thomas will go on.

The apex court vacated a stay on the case and rejected former Kerala chief minister K Karunakaran's petition.

Following the order, a Tiruvananpuram court can now proceed with the framing of charges against all accused in the palmolien import scam which includes CVC Thomas.

Thomas is accused of criminal conspiracy under Section 120B of Indian Penal Code, but corruption charges have not been slapped yet. Thomas is the eighth accused in the case.

The Supreme Court had stayed the trial on the case following a petition filed by Karunakaran, who passed away on December 23, 2010. And because of that stay the other accused in the case were enjoying the benefits of the stay.

But there are charges against CVC Thomas and there was a PIL filed by Prashant Bhushan against him, which says that Thomas himself is a tainted person and accused in the palmolien import case and he should resign as the CVC.

As Karunakaran is no more now, the Supreme Court has vacated the stay, which paved way for the Kerala government to proceed against all accused including CVC PJ Thomas in the palmolien import case.

So, the troubles for Thomas have increased in the way that he also has to defend himself in the trial court along with defending himself in the Supreme Court in the same case.

Talking on the Supreme Court order, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said, "SC has given the go ahead for trial against the CVC in the palmolien case. The irony is that today a case will go on against the person responsible for looking into the corruption charges."