New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said the quashing PJ Thomas’ appointment as CVC by the apex court was a ‘slap’ on the face of UPA government which could have avoided the predicament had it heeded to the advice of the leader of the opposition.

The Supreme Court's decision on the CVC appointment issue was a "slap" on the face of the government, BJP President Nitin Gadkari told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar on corruption here.

He said, "the government could have saved itself from the embarrassment had it taken the advice of the Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj before his appointment. He was first
appointed with political intention... even though he had charges against him".

Earlier, speaking at the seminar 'Corruption is cancerous to society' in Delhi University campus, Gadkari said the government would not have been in such a position had they agreed with the dissent note given by Sushma Swaraj at the time of choosing Thomas as the CVC.

"Sushmaji had raised the issue before the Prime Minister but her words were not heeded to", Gadkari said.

He said the SC verdict has "raised the credibility of the judiciary and democracy".


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