K V Chowdary appointed chief vigilance commissioner

Jethmalani, Bhushan to challenge decision in SC

K V Chowdary appointed chief vigilance commissioner

The government on Monday announced K V Chowdary as the new Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC).

However, the appointment could run into legal trouble with eminent lawyers Ram Jethmalani and Prashant Bhushan threatening to “fight it out” in the Supreme Court. Jethmalani and Bhushan had separately raised objections to the appointment of Chowdary.

The government also announced the appointment of former Environment Secretary Vijai Sharma as the new Chief Information Commissioner.

Indian Bank CMD T M Bhasin will be the Vigilance Commissioner while retired Social Justice Secretary Sudhir Bhargava will be the Information Commissioner.

President Pranab Mukherjee approved the appointments on Monday, a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said.

The approval came a week after a panel led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which also had Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, recommended their names.
Soon after the appointment was made public, Jethmalani shot off a terse letter to Modi, saying “now we shall fight out in the Supreme Court and the court of people of India”.
He said in his letter dated June 6, he had advised him not to make the appointment of CVC as there were “clinching evidence” against Chowdary which make him “unfit” for the post.

“It was only the first instalment. The second, the third and the fourth instalments even more incriminating are ready to be sent to you. I was however shocked to hear the Attorney-General announce in the Supreme Court today that the appointment has been made, no use sending them to you,” he said, adding “My diminishing respect for you ends today.”

Bhushan also told Deccan Herald that he would challenge the appointment in the Supreme Court.  “It is a shame that Congress and BJP have come together to denigrate an important institution,” he said.

He had earlier written to Modi saying Chowdary was investigated by the CBI for his role in stock guru scam. He had also met then CBI chief Ranjit Sinha at his official residence several times and Sinha’s controversial meetings are being investigated.
Chowdary could not be contacted for his comments.

The key posts of CVC and CIC were vacant for over nine months.

In the Chief Vigilance Commission, the appointments are for four years from the date of joining their office or till they attain the age of 65 years. In Central Information Commission, the appointments are for five years or till they attain the age of 56.

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