New Delhi, Jan 28 (Jagran News Network): In a curious turn of events, tainted Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) PJ Thomas on Friday reportedly refused the Centre’s offer of a dignified exit to him in the backdrop of the Supreme Court’s repeated criticism of the Government over the issue, TV channels reported.

Government had asked tainted to step down from his post, giving him 48 hours deadline after Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily discussed the matter with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh late on Thursday.

The Government had reportedly offered ‘rehab’ to the CVC which the latter has refused to take, saying the move could leave an impression of him accepting guilt.

This leaves the Governemnt in a soup as the Opposition has been hollering down its neck on the issue, with Opposition leader Sushma Swaraj threatening to move court on Government’s claim that it was not aware of the allegations against Thomas in a case of  import of palm oil in Kerala in the 1990s.

However, sources, said Government was ready to face the BJP in court.

Thomas was chosen as the CVC in September last year by a panel including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister P Chidmabaram and Sushma Swaraj. Though Swaraj had given a written dissent, the commitee selected Thomas on a majority basis.

The Supreme Court Bench including Chief Justice SH Kapadia, Justice KS Radhakrishnan and Justice Swatanter Kumar questioned: "What is the impact of this fact not being revealed to the committee? Doesn't it vitiate the entire decision making process (for the appointment of CVC)?"