New Delhi, Mar 7 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said he accepts full responsibility in the appointment of Chief Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas, the top corruption watchdog of India who was axed by the Supreme Court for his tainted past.
“Obvisouly there has been an error of judegment and I accept the full responsibility,” the PM said in response to BJP lawmaker and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj’s contention that the PM was not coming clear on owing moral responsibility.
The PM first made a statement on the issue first saying he “accepts and respects” the Supreme Court judgement but when Swaraj pointed out that she was not happy with what he said and should repeat his public statement in Jammu earlier and accept his mistake, the PM told Parliament that he made an error of judgement and accepted his responsibility in clear words.
In a historic judgement that came as a jolt to the Prime Minister, the Supreme Court on Thursday last struck down the apppointment of PJ Thomas as the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) of India. He was chosen by a panel headed by the PM.