Kerala chief minister V S Achuthanandan was quick to claim all the credit for the removal of Thomas. He also demanded home minister P Chidambaram’s resignation for his responsibility in giving Thomas the post.
The oily case returned on March 14, 2011 to make the election path slippery for Congress and put Opposition leader Oommen Chandy under a cloud.
The case relates to loss of Rs 2.32 core allegedly caused to the exchequer by import of palmolein in 1991-1992 when late Congress leader K Karunarakan was the chief minister and P J Thomas (in pic) was the Food Secretary and a member of the Board of the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation.
Late Karunakaran was the first accused in the case in which Former Food Minister and congress leader TH Musthafa, senior IAS Officer Giji Thomson, then Managing Director of Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation, Former Chief Secretary S Padmakumar, Former Chairman of Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation Zachariah Mathew, and two representatives of the Malaysia based Power and Energy Ltd are the other accused.
P J Thomas plans to move the Supreme Court pleading for a review of its March 3 judgment that removed him from the CVC post.