A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu sought their response within two weeks on the PIL filed by NGO Common Cause. The bench, meanwhile, asked lawyer Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the NGO, to file an application for seeking various records pertaining to the CVC and the VC. Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, who also appeared in the case supporting the plea, sought the court's permission to inspect the records filed by the central government in this regard.

"Records should come to us first. Records must be inspected by us first," the bench also comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Amitava Roy said.
The plea had challenged the appointment of the CVC and the VC alleging that they did not have 'clean record' and that a 'complete non-transparency' procedure was followed while appointing them.

While Chaudhary was appointed as the CVC on June 6, this year, Bhasin took charge as the VC on June 11. The PIL alleged that their appointments were 'arbitrary, illegal and in violation of the principle of institutional integrity'.

"The government did not even place the names of short- listed candidates in public domain or the fact that Chaudhary and Bhasin were being considered for the appointment to such important positions," the plea said. It stated that this complete non-transparency renders the appointment 'void and illegal', and in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution.

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