New Delhi, Jan 31 (Agencies): Demanding the sacking of PJ Thomas, the BJP said that the Home minister’s comment on the CVC vindicates the party’s stand. Besides it also proves the ‘culpability’ of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"Home Minister P Chidambaram's briefing has only confirmed the position that Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj had taken as regards the meeting on CVC. A detailed discussion indeed took place on the Palmolein case and the chargesheet against PJ Thomas," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

Earlier on Monday Chidambaram said that the Selection Committee meeting to choose the Central Vigilance Commissioner in September last year did discuss the issue of Palmolein case against Thomas.

"We did discuss the names of the panel. In fact, the bulk of the time (of discussion) was regarding P J Thomas and Palmolein case. She (Swaraj) made her points, the other members (PM and HM) of the Committee made their points," the Home Minister said.

Chidambaram's remarks came against the backdrop of Attorney General G E Vahanvati's contention in the Supreme Court last week that details of the chargesheet pending against Thomas were not placed before the selection panel.

In the meantime, BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said Chidambaram's statement proves the culpability of the Prime Minister in the case.

"The culpability lies with the PM "who chose to appoint such a person as the CVC while the facts was brought to his knowledge," Rudy said.

He expressed shock at Thomas continuing in office despite these revelations and demanded that Singh dismiss him.

"If the prime minister has to vindicate his position, the dignitiy of the Supreme Court has to be kept, the dignity of the institution of the CVC has to be kept, the Prime Minister should act to sack the CVC otherwise his culpability is without doubt," Rudy said.

"BJP feels its stand has been vindicated. The issue was discussed widely. Government indeed knew of the case pending and Thomas being part of the chargesheet and his name not being cleared," Sitharaman said.

She maintained that Swaraj had so far stayed away from filing any case on the issue but now when the court has taken cognizance of the matter, she has chosen to file an affidavit.