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Supreme Court Upholds Appointment of KV Chaudhary As Central Vigilance Commissioner

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| July 2 , 2018 , 13:15 IST

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the plea challenging the appointment of KV Chaudhary as the Central Vigilance Commissioner and TM Bhasin as Vigilance Commissioner.

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The top court, while refusing to interfere said, there was no ground to do so with the appointment of the chief vigilance commissioner.

The judgment was delivered by a Bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Mohan M Shantanagoudar in a Public Interest Litigation filed by NGO Common Cause in July 2015. The bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said there were no grounds to quash the appointments of Chaudhary and Bhasin.  

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It was argued that both Chowdary and Bhasin had blemished records and could not be said to have had institutional integrity. Additionally, the petitioner had also questioned the method by which these appointments were made, terming them “non-transparent.

According to media reports, the petitioner had alleged that Chowdary had influenced the investigation into the case relating to  businessman Ponty Chaddha, 

On the other hand Bhasin, according to the petitioner, was accused by the Central Vigilance Commission in 2013 for allegedly forging and tampering with important reports relating to the General Manager of the Indian Bank's case. They also alleged that Chowdary had some role to play in the Coal Scam.

The Supreme Court on Monday resumed hearing petitions after a 44-day break. The apex court is expected to hear appeals against the verdict of the Allahabad High Court on the Ayodhya dispute.