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Former CVC P J Thomas moves SC

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Updated: May 12, 2011, 8:23 PM IST
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Former CVC P J Thomas moves SC
Thomas has also sought laying of guidelines for reporting of court proceedings.

New Delhi: Aggreived by being referred as "tainted" and being listed in the category of "men who shamed India" by the media, former Central Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas has approached the Supreme Court seeking a CBI probe
into alleged distortion in the reporting of his case.

Thomas has also sought laying of guidelines for reporting of court proceedings contending that while reporting his case the media had crossed all limits of the civil society.

The petition filed by his counsel Wills Mathew demanded a CBI inquiry into the distorted reporting and initiation of contempt of court proceedings against those found guilty.

"If this trend is not stopped, it will result in a situtation where only a person acceptable to the media will find a place in important statutory posts and the media can easily throw any honest officer by wrongly maligning him", the
petition said.

He claimed there are some vested interests in the media who have been maligning him right since he was nominated as CVC.

"Since the date of his nomination for the post of CVC, P J Thomas had been labelled as tainted publicly by the media for reasons best known to them only and with nobody to stop them," the petition said.

"The seriousness of the issue is seen from the fact that if we search www.google.com with the words "tainted CVC P J Thomas" the number of hits is 7,83,000 and the number people who might have read it and believed that the applicant is tainted is in billions due to sensational reporting of the false and frivolous news by the media," he added.

Citing reasons for filing the petition, Thomas said he is "constrained to move this application being seriously aggreived by the wrong interpretation of the court proceedings, particularly telecasting of defamatory, cooked-up news, demoralising the applicant in total violation of various fundamental rights."

Thomas also lamented that the Supreme court's judgement quashing his appointment as CVC mentioned nothing about the good things he has done.

"Unfortunately, in the judgment of this court nothing is mentioned about the good deeds and actions and desirability of the applicant for the post of CVC, resulting in a situtation in which the name of P J Thomas is defamed," the petition said.

"After 32 years of service to the nation, I am labeled as tainted, which is painful," Thomas added.

He also said in his petition that the apex court's inaction despite "distorted" reporting being brought to the court's notice by his counsel resulted in the situtation.

"The counsel told the court about imbalanced campaign against the P J Thopmas particularly by the TV channels. Disorted reporting and lack of appropriate legal action by this court resulted in an unfair trial, prejudicial to the interest of the applicant, damaging the credibiility of the applicant and also the person who appointed the applicant - all for no fault of theirs."

He also alledged some irregularities regarding engaging the counsel for NGO Centre for PIL, Prashant Bhushan.

"After inspection of the file, my counsel informed that there is noting in record to show that the NGO, Centre for PIL, had given any authority to the counsel to act on behalf of them and there is neither any resolution passed to this effect nor the seal of the petitioner in any document indicates the same," he said.

He also said "the issue of locus standi of the petitioner (CPIL) are all matters of serious concern in the light of various judgements.

The apex court had by a judgement dated March 3, 2011, quashed the appointment of Thomas as CVC holding that the recommendation made by the high-powered panel, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, did not consider the relevant material and therefore its advice "does not exist in law".

60-year-old Thomas, who was appointed as CVC on September 7 last, is facing a corruption case in a Kerala court relating to Palmolein import.

The court scrapped Thomas' appointment as CVC on a PIL by Center for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) and retired bureaucrats and police officials, including former Chief Election Commissioner J M Lyngdoh, challenging his appointment in view of a criminal case pending against him in a Kerala
court.

First Published: May 12, 2011, 8:23 PM IST
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