New Delhi, Jan 27 (Agencies): Terming Centre’s claim as “untruth” and threatening to approach the Supreme Court, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj alleged the charges against CVC PJ Thomas were brought before the high-powered selection committee of which she was a member.

"It is not at all true. In fact, it is a mis-statement. I personally brought this fact to the notice of the Prime Minister and Home Minister in the meeting itself even though they persisted with this appointment," Swaraj said here.

The Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha said she had always stayed away from judicial proceedings but "now I have decided to file my affidavit before the Supreme Court".

Swaraj, who had put on record her dissent to the selection of Thomas as CVC by the three-member committee, was reacting to the affidavit filed by Attorney General GE Vahanvati in the Supreme Court on Thursday that the panel was not aware of the charges in the Palmolein export case pending against him in Kerala.

The main Opposition party had even boycotted the CVC's swearing-in ceremony a few months back as a mark of protest.

"The government is speaking one untruth after another untruth. So I have decided to file a detailed affidavit on the issue," Swaraj said.

She asserted that her main obection to Thomas' appointment was that there was chargesheet against him in a corruption case and sanction was granted by the Kerala Government for his prosecution.

An NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation, and others had challenged Thomas' appointment as the CVC, citing the Pamolein import corruption case in which the top ranking official is an accused.

 

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