Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Unimpeachable and impeccable integrity needed for higher posts - N Vittal

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On 23rd November, 2010, while handling a petition against the appointment of Mr P J Thomas, the present Central Vigilance Commissioner of India,  Hon'ble Judges of the Supreme Court observed that persons holding higher offices should possess impeccable integrity. The Supreme Court observed  that Mr P J Thomas was facing criminal charge sheet in a court in Kerala.  Immediately the Attorney General, representing Government of India  responded by saying, “If impeccable integrity is a criterion, then every judicial appointment will be subjected to scrutiny and every constitutional appointment will come under challenge,” attorney-general G.E. Vahanvati told the court. This statement was flashed immediately in all the TV Channels and it triggerred a great debate.
N. Vittal
Under this background, I recorded an exclusive interview with Mr N Vittal, Former Central Vigilance Commissioner of India.  Under the directions from Supreme Court, Mr N Vittal was the first CVC to be appointed jointly by the Prime Minister, Home Minister and the Leader of the Opposition through consensus in ealry 2000.  Mr Vittal is known for his impeccable integrity.  During his tenure as CVC, he introduced lo of measures to eradicate corruption and to bring in more transparency.
Please listen to his interview by clicking 'play' button.  (14 minutes).  Audio streaming will be smooth in broadband connections.  If you find any difficulty, you may download the audio in mp3 format, by right clicking this link.and saving to your desktop. 
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