The Congress government reeling under a spate of scams has once again come under the hammer of the Supreme Court as it evicted tainted P J Thomas from the Central Vigilance Commission. The IAS officer was under lens in connection with the palm oil import scam. Evidently, this is billed to be one of the biggest blows by the judiciary on the Central dispensation, denting the image of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his entire government as the Apex Court faulted the decision of the High-Powered Committee for not considering Thomas’ tainted past while appointing him as CVC. Though the government is expected to clear its stand in the Parliament it would be difficult for the Congress to salvage its dipping popularity and credibility. It is crystal clear that the Centre was much aware of stained history of Thomas but willingly appointed him as CVC, overriding the objection by leader of Opposition. It is clearly entrenched in people’s mind how the government looked all aside to favour his appointment. The Congress government did not only vouch for Thomas’ credentials but also took on the judiciary for interfering in the functioning of the government. It is disappointing that the Central government was misleading the nation by doctoring the facts in order to cocoon Thomas. People want to know the compulsions which made the ruling dispensation resort to this shameful exercise. If the government followed the directions of its so called advisors, it ought to be cautious.

The jigsaw puzzle is despite having committed its mistakes, the government declined to accept it. It is worth mentioning that the government showed its same brazenness in the case of 2G spectrum scam, trying to prove it by all efforts that nothing wrong happened in the allocation of 2G spectrum. Eventually, the government not only acquiesced the sleaze in the 2G spectrum case but also gave in to the demand of the Opposition for a JPC probe. In the same vein, the government is again prevaricating the black money issue. With the court’s verdict against Thomas, the Congress government stands exposed. It should now wake from its slumber.