Sunday, March 27, 2011

Politically incorrect-To catch a thief

The Congress/UPA government is in dock as the Supreme Court rules against the appointment of Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner, our country’s watch dog for corruption, as he (Thomas) himself is involved in corruption in the past.

The penal appointing CVC had three members- Dr. Manmohan Singh, P. Chidambaram and Sushma Swaraj, opposition leader. In spite of the fact that Swaraj had given her dissent, the penal went ahead and appointed Thomas as CVC. Later, when there was public outcry against his appointment, congress came out with the lame excuse that they were not aware or they were not informed about the Palmolein case charge sheet against Thomas. Respected Sri Pratyush Sinha, a former CVC said that if someone had told them about the charge sheet against Thomas, that would have made them think.

The statement means that someone (anyone) should tell the penal appointing CVC that it should look into the past profile of the candidate. If somebody (anybody) doesn’t inform or instruct the penal, the candidate is granted to have impeccable character. The penal, of its own, will not make any effort to find an appointee’s past.

Anyway, the Supreme Court has quashed Thomas’ appointment and declared it as “illegal.” However, the Congress has made one grave mistake in declaring that they were not aware of the allegations against Thomas. They could have very well defended themselves by confirming that they were in full knowledge of Thomas’ past corrupt activities. And that was precisely the reason they had chosen him as CVC, to watch for corruption. His expertise in the matter of corruption would come handy in catching the corrupt. It is a pure and simple principle of “set a thief to catch a thief.” Who could object?

Just a thought…………

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