New Delhi, Jan 24 (Agencies): Controversial Central Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas told the Supreme Court on Monday that he was the victim of a political cross-fire between late former Kerala chief minister K. Karunakaran and Left Democratic Front leader and Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan and that he was a person of "high integrity".

"Grave injustice is done to an officer who has maintained the highest standard of integrity and has unfortunately been dragged into a controversy between two political leaders which has subjected him to severe attacks on his honesty and reputation," he said in an affidavit.

He also contended that there was no violation of any norms in his appointment as the CVC and that he had no role in the controversial allocation of 2G spectrum in 2008.

Thomas, who was appointed as CVC on September 7 last year, was issued notices on petitions filed by NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) and some other eminent
persons including former Chief Election Commissioner J M Lyngdoh against his appointment.

The CVC, in his affidavit, has taken identical stand like the Centre that no statutory norms were violated in his appointment and the present row on his appointment was a result of a 20-year-old case which was purely based on "political overtones".

"The sword of this prosecution (Palmolein case), which is purely based on political overtones, has been hanging over his head for almost 20 years," he said in a nine-page
affidavit giving details of the case which was only challenged in the courts by Karunakaran, who died recently.

"Such statements are patently defamatory and are unfortunately used casually and which get wide publicity in press while the persons holding the high office have perforce, to remain silent while great damage is done to their reputation," the affidavit, settled by senior advocate K K Venugopal on behalf of Thomas, said.

Thomas also brushed aside the allegation that there was a conflict of interest in his appointment as CVC as he was a secretary in Ministry of Telecom when the 2G spectrum scam surfaced saying that he came into the scenario several months after the allocation of spectrum.

"As far as the issue of 2G spectrum allocation scam is concerned, it is submitted that he was appointed Secretary of the Department on January 1, 2009 which was several months after allocation of the Spectrum," the affidavit said.

The petitioners argued that Thomas cannot not be considered as a person of "impeccable integrity" as he was issued charge sheet in the Palmolein import scam when he was a secretary in the Kerala Ministry of Food and Civil Supplies and had secured bail from the local court.

It was also alleged that he was appointed against the procedure despite opposition from Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj who was part of a three-member committee also comprising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram.