It is a bitter pill to swallow that Prime minister (PM) Manmohan Singh put the blame of the CVC fiasco squarely on Prithviraj Chavan, who was, in fact, minister of state in the department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) when the selection of tainted PJ Thomas for the job was processed. If it is assumed that DoPT did not mention about the scam-hit past of Thomas, why did the Prime Minister not take note of the objection raised by the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha regarding the appointment of Thomas as CVC.  The Prime Minister needs to clarify if he found objection of the Opposition groundless or the government was decisive on Thomas selection. It is completely wrong that the controversy will die down by making Chavan a scapegoat. People know that the name of Chavan was floated in order to put the curtain on the CVC ruckus. It is a deliberate bid to shift the people’s spotlight on the PM’s bungling on the CVC issue. Until the PM explains his declination of the misgivings raised by the Opposition over the appointment of Thomas, the cloud of doubts will not disperse.

The Prime Minister and Home Minister should have jointly got to the bottom of the Opposition’s reservation over the candidature of Thomas. Nobody wants to reply why Thomas’ role as a telecom secretary was overlooked during his appointment? However, the malpractices in the allocation of 2G spectrum were committed before he was made telecom secretary, the fact remains here that he did not want CAG to probe the 2G scam. The way PM made buck stop with Prithviraj Chavan, and he corners the Kerala government, it is unlikely that any concrete step would be taken against the guilty. It is a profound irony that the Prime Minister has accepted his responsibility in the CVC bungling, however there is bid to cover up the matter. The Central dispensation could not blame anyone as people know well about the saga of appointing Thomas as CVC. The decision of appointing Thomas as CVC was not taken in hurry by a committee under the stewardship of the Prime Minister, rather it had enough time to study his candidature. The nation would like to know who is responsible for this mess up?