Madras HC adjourns hearing on PIL on appointment of vigilance
By Team Legistify / 2017-08-09

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The Madras High Court today adjourned to August 18 hearing on a PIL filed by DMK, challenging the appointment of the vigilance commissioner, to enable the Advocate General get instructions on the tenure.

Hearing the plea filed by DMK organising secretary R S Bharathi, the first bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar, adjourned the case to that date.

The petitioner sought a direction to quash the appointment of V K Jeyakodi as Vigilance Commissioner and a direction to the Chief Secretary to appoint a person after a fair, reasonable and transparent consultative process.

DMK counsel P Wilson submitted that when the transfer and posting of the Secretary is entirely left to the discretion of the council of ministers and the chief minister, it necessarily follows that officials in sensitive and high level positions would hesitate to act against their political bosses.

He submitted that appointing a secretary who was junior to the chief secretary and other secretaries as State Vigilance Commissioner (SVC) was arbitrary, unreasonable and colourable exercise of power.

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