Jammu/New Delhi: Breaking his silence on the Supreme Court quashing the appointment of PJ Thomas as Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said that he accepts 'responsibility'.

“I accept my responsibility,” said Manmohan Singh, adding “I respect the judgement of the Supreme Court.”

It is necessary to ensure that such things don't happen again. This is not a question that relates to coalition compulsions, he said.

Singh ruled out any coalition compulsions in this case.

Thomas' appointment was termed illegal by the Supreme Court on Thursday. Singh was the head of the three-member panel which selected Thomas to the post.

Earlier in the day, the Opposition created uproar in the Parliament demanding response from the PM.

The issue was raised in both the houses of the Parliament with the Lower House even being adjourned for 45 minutes at noon following pandemonium created by the Left and the JD(U).

In the Rajya Sabha, the matter was raised by M Venkaiah Naidu (BJP), who was joined by his party colleagues in asking as to when the PM would make a statement on the "shocking" development.

Responding to the demand, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ashwani Kumar said the Government will make a "suitable" statement on the issue next week.
   
In the Lok Sabha, the demand for a statement by the Prime Minister was vociferously raised by the Opposition, disrupting proceedings.

Immediately after the Question Hour, Left members and also JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav raised the matter.

CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharia and Gurudas Dasgupta (CPI) said, "We all have given notices. You (chair) should allow us to raise the (CVC) issue."

 

(JPN/Agencies)