After a long week of speculations, K V Chowdary has been appointed as the new Central Vigilance Commissioner while Vijai Sharma has been appointed the new Chief Information Commissioner.
Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani had reportedly criticised the NDA government’s decision to appoint KV Chowdary as the CVC and has claimed that if the need be, he would challenge the appointment in the Supreme Court.
“CVC should be a man of unimpeachable integrity and Chowdary doesn’t satisfy that description. There is evidence of inquiries against Chowdary and will provide evidence if the Prime Minister asks for it. The Prime Minister should ask me, I have written to the President, it’s their duty to talk to me. The appointment is important and it’s a subject to decision of court. This matter will be thrashed out in the Court,” Jethmalani had reportedly written to Prime Minister Modi.
Choudhry who was the former Central Board Of Direct Taxation (CBDT) chief, was criticised by lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan as well, who also wrote a letter to the PM Modi mentioning that Choudhry was in charge of the 2G scam investigation in income tax, failed to make any headway into the case. In the letter, Bhushan also talked about Choudhry’s inaction in the Nira Radia tapes controversy and also some financial irregularities in Ponty Chadha’s company Flora and Fauna in which he had allegedly reduced the undeclared wealth of the company by 200 crores.
The post of the Chief Information Commissioner had been lying vacant for over nine months after Rajiv Mathur’s term ended in August 2014, while Central Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar completed his term in September last year.