CVC issue between Centre, SC: Cong

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 30 2011, 05:28am hrs
An embarassed Congress today sought to wash its hands off the P J Thomas affair contending that the issue of appointment of the CVC was between government and the Supreme Court.

Why you are asking Congress. It is not decision of the Congress. Three eminent persons panel decided to appoint him. Why ask the Congress. It is a matter between the government and the Court, party spokesman Shakeel Ahmed said.

Ahmed faced a volley of questions on the issue a day after Centre appeared to have tied itself in knots in the Court on the appointment of Thomas as CVC when.

It told the apex Court that a corruption case against him was not placed before the three-member panel headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a claim which has been contested by BJP which termed it as untruth.

Who am I to say that (the appointment) is still tenable. It is for the Court and the government.....The matter is sub-judice. A daily running commentary on what has happened in the Court is neither good for the judiciary nor for justice, he said.

You are asking me the same question again and again, he said when asked whether the Prime Minister was lying or not lying and as to how the Congress can distance from the matter when the Prime Minister, the home minister and the then minister of state in the Prime Minister Office were involved in the issue.

Initially, when asked whether the government erred in making the appointment, he said that it was nwarranted for the party to comment on the case when the judicial process was on.

Congress sources said that the party would like Thomas to voluntarily resign from the post of CVC.

The other best option for the party was the Court holding as ntenable the appointment of Thomas or asking the government to start the process of his removal.