He also contended that it was incumbent upon the government to appoint an independent person with an impeccable record while following directions of the Supreme Court.
The petitioner said the directions of the Supreme Court on the appointment, powers and functions of the Central Vigilance Commissioner must be extended to SVC also since the character and functions of the two are identical.
“An integrity institution is an institution created to supervise vigilance administration, which means the said institution is to be headed by a person from either the civil service or all India service and having experience in matters relating to vigilance, policy making and administration including police administration,” the counsel said.
In the present case, the person heading the Vigilance Commission was serving at the pleasure of the Chief Minister and cabinet ministers, the petitioner claimed.
The person would always be a ‘puppet’ in the hands of the political bosses and there cannot be any independent thinking nor would the appointee be allowed to function on his own, the counsel said.
Hence, the very intention of setting up the vigilance administrative machinery is rendered otiose (serving no practical purpose or result) if the person heading it was expected to be subordinate and subservient to ministers and other higher officials, the DMK’s counsel submitted.
( Source – PTI )