Friday, September 24, 2010

Vigilance chief still an accused in oil scam case

Chief Vigilance Commissioner P.J. Thomas, whose appointment in September triggered protests from different quarters — especially from the Opposition BJP — because of his alleged involvement in a 2003 corruption case, remains an accused in that case. Although the Centre claimed Thomas was exonerated in the palm oil import case, records at the state vigilance directorate and the vigilance court show he can still be prosecuted. According to an enquiry conducted under the Right to Information Act, Thomas, a 1973-batch IAS officer of the Kerala cadre, is the eighth accused in the case
filed before the court of the enquiry commissioner and special judge, Thiruvananthapuram.

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