Supreme Court allows Centre to appoint CVC and VCs
The Supreme Court today allowed government to fill up the post of Chief Vigilance Commissioner and Vigilance Commissioner in accordance with the CVC Act. It also directed the government to submit the entire record of appointment process to the court in July.
Accordingly, the Apex Court also lifted the stay it had imposed on the appointments after NGO, Centre for Integrity, Governance and Training in Vigilance Administration had questioned the lack of transparency in the appointment process.
The government on its part informed the Court that it had received 135 applications for the CVC post. It also said that the list of names were now ready to be placed before the Committee consisting of Prime Minister, he home minister and leader of opposition.
It was on December 17, 2014 that the Supreme Court had ordered the Central Government to take its permission before going ahead with the appointment of CVC. The NGO in its petition before the Supreme Court had alleged that the process being used by the government was non transparent and restrictive.
The post of the CVC has been lying vacant since Mr. Pradeep Kumar retired as CVC on September 28, 2014. In addition, Vigilance Commissioner J M Garg too retired on September 7 2014, after which the post has been lying vacant.
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