Centre seeks SC permission to resume CVC selection

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Wednesday sought the Supreme Court’s permission to resume the process for selection of the chief vigilance commissioner and a vigilance commissioner, two posts which have been lying vacant for months because of a petition in court questioning the NDA government’s selection criteria.

Centre seeks SC permission to resume CVC selection

Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi mentioned the application before a bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu, who posted it for hearing on December 11.

The AG said the government had shortlisted 20 names and would like to take the SC’s permission to resume the process to finalize the names for the two sensitive posts, which have been lying vacant for months.

The SC had in August admitted a PIL alleging that the NDA government was adopting a non-transparent, restrictive and non-uniform approach in selecting the CVC. The court had also criticized the government for allowing the shor-tlisting to be done by senior bureaucrats in various ministries, which implied that there was no uniformity in the short-listing criteria.

The Centre had said it was in the process of short-listing 20 candidates from 120 names received by various ministries and that the job was being done by the cabinet secretary and 36 secretaries of other departments.

The AG had requested that the process of short-listing be allowed to go on but informed the court that the government would not select the CVC till the apex court decided the petition on the process of CVC selection.