news Friday, June 12, 2015 - 05:30
  A man against whom the Central Vigilance Commission had sought action in 2013, is now the Vigilance Commissioner himself. The appointment of former CEO of Indian Bank TM Bhasin as Vigilance Commissioner (VC) has been questioned by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on this ground and more. Subramanian Swamy has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi questioning the recent appointment. The President appoints the VC on the recommendation of a three-member statutory committee- including the PM, Home Minister and leader of oppostion in Lok Sabha- in accordance with Section 4 of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) Act, 2003. Swamy in his letter wrote that though the Section has a provision for a vacancy in the said three-member committee, it however "does not have provision for any other than the three named above to be present and/or participating". Finance Minsiter Arun Jaitley was reportedly a part of the Committee meeting that discussed the recommendations and this was in violation of the Section, Swamy said in his letter. "I am therefore," he wrote, "a bit surprised to learn from media sources that Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitely was also in the meeting of the Committee and in fact one source confirms this and says that he played a part in making the selections in the committee." Stating that the provisions are explicit and the requirements mandatory, Swamy asked the PM to examine and consider the appointment of Bhasin as "void" and "illegal". Swamy also refers to a 2013 Times of India report, which stated that the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) had sought action against then CMD of India Bank Bhasin, along with another official, for "high-handedness, arbitrariness and manipulation" of appraisal reports of a general manager in the bank, with an aim to deny him a promotion and instead promote a favourite.      Prior to Swamy, Supreme Court lawyers Ram Jethmalani and Prashant Bhushan had also written to the PM questioning the appointment of KV Chowdhary as Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC). While Bhushan has called the CVC’s appointment “shameful and unfortunate”, Jethmalani tweeted out his letter to the PM, calling it his “break-up” with Modi. Both lawyers have also said that they would oppose the appointment of the CVC in the Supreme Court. Read: Why Ram Jethmalani broke up with PM Modi