SC upholds appointment of K V Chowdary as Central Vigilance Commissioner

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said there were no grounds to quash the appointments of Chaudhary and Bhasin.

Published: 02nd July 2018 11:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd July 2018 12:25 PM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: In a big relief for Centre, the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the petition challenging the appointment of K V Chowdary as Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) and T M Bhasin as Vigilance Commissioner. The court uphold both the appointments

A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Mohan M Shantanagoudar pronounced the verdict in PIL filed by NGO Common Cause in July 2015.  The court found that there were no grounds to interfere with the appointments of Chowdary and Bhasin.

The petitioner had contended that the appointments were arbitrary and violative of the principle of impeccable integrity.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan had argued that both Chowdary and Bhasin had blemished records and could not be said to have had impeccable integrity and challenged their appointment stating that the appointments were non transparent.

Bhushan also alleged there were serious allegations against Chaudhary and Bhasin but there were not looked into by the committee before appointing them.

He had also alleged that Chaudhary, being a senior official of the income tax department, had not taken any action in the controversial Niira Radia phone tapping case.

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