PJ Thomas

  • Nothing wrong in withdrawing palmolein case, says Oommen Chandy September 25, 2013

    Defending the Congress-led UDF Government's decision to withdraw the two-decade old palmolein import deal corruption case, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday said there was nothing wrong in it and "it is based on a policy and stand of UDF on the case". "It is unfair to put officials in...
  • Palm oil case: HC relief for Oommen Chandy December 2, 2011

    Kochi: A division bench of the Kerala High Court on Friday declared as null and void the observation made by a vigilance court against Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and asked it to complete re-investigation into the palm oil import case in six weeks. The High Court bench asked for the...
  • Kerala CM gives up vigilance portfolio August 9, 2011

    New Delhi: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday gave up the vigilance portfolio, following the Vigilant court's order to probe his role in the 1992 palmolein oil import deal. A Kerala Vigilance court on Monday had ordered a probe to ascertain if he had any role in the 1992...
  • Will take action in CWG: CVC Pradeep Kumar July 19, 2011

    New Delhi: The newly appointed Central Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar has said that he will pursue the Commonwealth Games scam report on the Delhi government and take action. In his first television interview after taking over as the CVC, Kumar said he will take note of dishonest bureaucrats and will...
  • Pradeep Kumar sworn in as new CVC July 14, 2011

    New Delhi: Former Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar was on Thursday sworn in as the new Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) replacing PJ Thomas whose appointment was struck down by the Supreme Court in March. President Pratibha Patil administered the oath of office to 62-year-old Kumar, a 1972 batch IAS officer of...
  • Court refuses urgent hearing for ex-CVC's plea July 14, 2011

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday refused to grant urgent hearing on the plea of former Central Vigilance Commissioner PJ Thomas that his appeal, pending with the President against his sacking, be decided first before his successor Pradeep Kumar assumes charge. "It is quite difficult to hear your...
  • Don't appoint new CVC: Thomas tells President July 13, 2011

    New Delhi: Former Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) PJ Thomas has appealed to President Pratibha Patil to wait for the outcome of his petition in the Delhi High Court before appointing the new CVC. Thomas has sent his petition to the President to pass an order asking the government not to...
  • Pradeep Kumar identified as new CVC by govt July 2, 2011

    Sources say the government has found the replacement for PJ Thomas. Pradeep Kumar, the current Defence Secretary, will be appointed the new CVC. ...
  • Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar is new CVC July 2, 2011

    New Delhi: Sources have told CNN-IBN that Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar will to be the new Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) as the government and the Opposition reached a consensus on him being the choice for replacing PJ Thomas on Saturday. Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar was unanimously chosen as the next CVC,...
  • Who will be the new CVC? Panel to meet today July 2, 2011

    New Delhi: Four months after the Supreme Court quashed the controversial appointment of PJ Thomas, the CVC selection panel will meet on Saturday to select his replacement. The committee comprising the Prime Minister, the Home Minister and the Leader of Opposition will be meeting to pick a new Central Vigilance Commissioner...
  • Ex-CJI KGB denies allegations of fixing cases June 17, 2011

    New Delhi: A day after the shocking revelation by a fellow judge that former Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan could be approached for fixing cases, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chief refused to step down, saying that he has not done anything wrong. Balakrishnan has hit back, accusing Justice...
  • Centre begins search for new CVC: sources April 6, 2011

    New Delhi: Sources have told CNN-IBN that the Centre has begun its search for a new Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC). A month after the removal of controversial P J Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), the government on Wednesday set the ball rolling for appointing a new person as the head...
  • Chavan's statement on CVC baseless: Kerala CM March 24, 2011

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan has described as 'baseless' the statement of his Maharashtra counterpart Prithviraj Chavan that Kerala government had not informed the Centre that former Chief Vigilance Commissioner PJ Thomas was involved in a Vigilance case while he was being considered for the post. The state government, in...
  • 10 reasons why the Opposition wants PM to quit March 17, 2011

    New Delhi: The UPA-II is facing its toughest hour as it comes under attack from the Opposition for various scams rocking the coalition government. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is perceived as personally honest, but unable to tackle a barrage of corruption allegations plaguing the government's coalition partners has been...
  • President cancels Thomas' appointment as CVC March 15, 2011

    New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil on Monday night cancelled the appointment of P J Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner, 11 days after the Supreme Court quashed his selection by a high-power committee (HPC) headed by Prime Miniser Manmohan Singh. A Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said in a brief statement that "the President...
  • Court allows further probe into palmolein case March 14, 2011

    Thiruvananthapuram: In a decision fraught with political significance, the Vigilance Court in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday allowed a plea from prosecution to further investigate the palmolein import graft case. The prosecution in a petition filed earlier on March had sought court direction for further probe into the case contending that some more...
  • PMO suffering from governance deficit: Advani March 12, 2011

    New Delhi: Firing yet another salvo at the United Progressive Alliance Government on the Central Vigilance Commissioner appointment controversy and 2G spectrum scam, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani on Saturday said that it is not Manmohan Singh but the office of Prime Minister that is lacking integrity...
  • Ex-CVC Thomas questions SC verdict sacking him March 12, 2011

    New Delhi: 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...
  • Government begins process to select new CVC March 11, 2011

    New Delhi: The Government has forwarded a request for annulment of CVC PJ Thomas' appointment to President Prathibha Patil. Sources say the request was sent by the Law Ministry to the Department of Personnel and Training on Thursday and this was then forwarded to the Rashtrapati Bhawan. However, no independent confirmation from...
  • Kerala didn't clear Thomas for Central posting March 10, 2011

    New Delhi: Kerala government never recommended PJ Thomas for a posting with the Central Government, documents accessed by CNN-IBN show. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, during his stint as the minister of state of Department of Personnel and Training, had claimed that Thomas was cleared by the Kerala government for...
  • PM accepts CVC responsibility in Rajya Sabha March 8, 2011

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday accepted his responsibility for appointing PJ Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) in Rajya Sabha - a day after doing so in the Lok Sabha. "We respect the verdict of the Supreme Court. There has been an error on our part...I take full...
  • CVC: PM accepts responsibility in Parliament March 7, 2011

    New Delhi: Prime Minsiter Manmohan Singh on Monday accepted the responsibility for appointment of PJ Thomas as CVC in Parliament. The Prime Minister first said in the Lok Sabha that, "We accept and respect the decision of the Supreme Court annulling appointment of PJ Thomas as CVC". The Opposition created an uproar...
  • PM must apologise in Parliament: BJP on CVC March 6, 2011

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement "I take full responsibility.." for the appointment of CVC PJ Thomas was not enough says the opposition. Trainning all its guns on Singh, BJP now wants him to reply and explain his position in Parliament on Monday when the houses reconvenes after the...
  • BJP politicising CVC issue: Congress March 6, 2011

    New Delhi: Congress on Sunday accused BJP of politicising the CVC issue after the main opposition party demanded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's apology for the controversial appointment of P J Thomas to the post, a decision struck down by the Supreme Court. "BJP is trying to fish in troubled waters and...
  • CVC: BJP in a dilemma as PM takes responsibility March 4, 2011

    New Delhi: After PJ Thomas on Thursday ejected out, it's time to fix the blame for his appointment as the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC). And under fire from the Opposition, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the chairperson of the high powered committee, really had no option but to say, "I accept...
  • PM must clarify stand on CVC or quit: Jaitley March 5, 2011

    Hello and welcome to a special Devil's Advocate. After the Supreme Court struck down PJ Thomas' appointment as the CVC, how badly damaged is the government's credibility and how does it respond to the details of the judgement. That's with Congress spokesperson and MP Abhishek Singhvi and the BJP's leader...
  • I accept my responsibility: PM on CVC issue March 4, 2011

    Jammu: A day after the apex court struck down the controversial appointment of PJ Thomas as the Central Vigilance Commissioner, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday accepted responsibility for the controversy. "I respect the judgement of the Supreme Court and I accept my responsibility," Singh said at a press conference on...
  • Full text: Supreme Court's verdict on CVC PJ Thomas March 4, 2011

    IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA CIVIL ORIGINAL JURISDICTION WRIT PETITION (C) No. 348 OF 2010 Centre for PIL & Anr. Petitioner(s) versus Union of India & Anr. Respondent(s) with Writ Petition (C) No. 355 of 2010 JUDGMENT S. H. KAPADIA, CJI Introduction 1. The two writ petitions filed in this Court under Article 32 of the Constitution of...
  • BJP slams Moily for his remarks on CVC March 4, 2011

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday slammed Law Minister Veerappa Moily for his statement on Central Vigilance Commissioner PJ Thomas' resignation. The party said that if the Supreme Court had quashed Thomas' appointment as the CVC then the question of him resigning does not exist. "I don't know...
  • Bureaucracy divided over CVC's ouster March 4, 2011

    There are some who feel that Central Vigilance Commissioner PJ Thomas became a victim of a political battle. ...