"DoPT also advised to obtain comments from the CVC and the matter was accordingly forwarded to CVC. Certain observations/ queries were raised by CVC regarding the pending complaints against Vasudeva.
"Considering that only few days were left for his retirement, the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas on recommendation of the Secretary, Petroleum, referred the matter back to the DoPT with complete vigilance profile of Shri Sudhir Vasudeva with a request to place the matter before the ACC for decision, as deemed appropriate," the statement said.
Earlier in the day, opposition BJP and the Left parties slammed Moily for seeking an extension for Vasudeva without CVC clearance saying this is the second instance of the UPA government ignoring CVC in appointment to key positions.
Earlier this month, Archana Ramasundaram, a 1980-batch IPS officer from Tamil Nadu, was appointed by the government as Additional Director in CBI apparently ignoring the anti-corruption watchdog's recommendation.
On November 4, 2013, Moily wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking one-year post-retirement extension for Vasudeva.
Sources said while the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) asked the Oil Ministry to submit a proper proposal, government headhunter PESB selected Sarraf to succeed Vasudeva on February 28.
Sarraf, who was previously Director (Finance) in ONGC, got CVC clearance, but the same for Vasudeva could not be obtained.
Both the names-- Vasudeva and Sarraf-- were forwarded to ACC by the Oil Ministry. When the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) asked the ministry about CVC clearance of Vasudeva, it was told that it will be obtained post-facto.
Prior to that, CVC had on February 10 written to the Oil Ministry saying: "There are a total number of six complaints/ cases against Vasudeva which are pending in the ministry and are yet to be taken to their logical conclusion... No recommendation of PESB has been furnished by the ministry with regard to proposed extension of his tenure and the period of extension."
Following the CVC letter, Oil Secretary Vivek Rae noted on files that it was "clearly not possible to obtain vigilance clearance for Vasudeva in the next few days. The only alternative is to grant him extension, pending vigilance clearance,