SC asks Centre to submit 15 Names for CVC Post

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New Delhi, Dec 17: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to form a panel of 15 names for the selection of the post of Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC). The government was also asked to names be submitted in a sealed envelope by January 15 in the court.

The court mentioned that without its consent the CVC will not be appointed.

Earlier, the apex court had pulled up the central government during a hearing on the CVC appointment for the lack of transparency in the selection process of the CVC. Later, the government gave the assurance that no final decision will be taken without the court's nod.

During the hearing on Sep 18, the court had asked the government why only bureaucrats are chosen for the responsible post and not common people.

"Transparency should be the hall mark of such selection procedure and existing system is being criticised because of lack of transparency," a bench headed by Chief Justice RM Lodha had said.

In a response, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi submitted that application cannot be invited from people for the post as many people prefer to be considered by the Centre for the post.

He said that selection process would take at least one month to complete and assured the court that no final decision would be taken on appointment during the pendency of the case in the apex court.

Enumerating the selection process, the Attorney General said that Cabinet secretary and 36 other secretaries proposes the name of 120 people for the post out of which 20 names are taken and five people are shortlisted and forwarded to the selection committee.

The bench thereafter asked about the criteria under which the names are forwarded and different secretaries might have different yardstick while sending the names.

The court was hearing a public-interest litigation alleging that Centre was going ahead with the appointment of CVC and VC without giving wide publicity to the vacancies arising on the completion of tenure of CVC Pradip Kumar and VC J M Garg on September 28 and September 7 respectively.

With PTI inputs

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