Process to choose new CVC begins

In this connection, the Department of Training and Personnel is understood to have submitted to the selection panel a list of 28 probable candidates for the top post.

The list is likely to be pruned further and brought down to three names, as per the norms. The selection panel, comprising the Prime Minister, Home Minister and Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, will then choose one candidate, preferably by consensus.

Sources said a meeting of the selection panel is likely to be held next week and a convenient time, when all the three members of the panel are available, is being looked into.

Meanwhile, Home Secretary G K Pillai, who was one of the front-runners for the post, today said he had formally conveyed to DoPT that he was not available for the post of CVC.

"I am not aware of whether I am on the list (of probables) for CVC. But I had conveyed to Secretary, DoPT that I am not available for the post," Pillai told PTI.

Pillai was said to be one of the top probables for the post ever since the Supreme court struck down Thomas's appointment.

The Home Secretary, who is retiring on June 30, said he had informed DoPT Secretary, Alka Sirohi on the phone that he is not available for the post. Interestingly, Sirohi herself is said to be a part of the list of 28.

Sources said Secretary, Legislative Affairs V K Bhasin; former DoPT  Secretary Shantanu Consul; Sirohi and former Secretary, Chemicals and Fertilisers Bijoy Chatterjee are among the top contenders.

P J Thomas had to step down as CVC after a controversy broke out over his alleged involvement in the Palmolein import scam. Though Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj had stated in writing that she did not agree to his appointment, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram had gone ahead.

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