Where is the integrity of Caeser’s wife?March 4th, 2011
As far as PJ Thomas is concerned the real question which we need answers for is that why the hell did Congress invest so much political capital on someone as inconsequential as him. I mean what was the big deal about Thomas which made them put at stake the credibility of an already beleaguered PM and the Congress party as a whole? Even if we assume that Manmohan Singh indeed only committed a ‘legal error’, as Abhishek Manu Singhvi would like us to believe, why wasn’t Thomas removed as CVC even after a case had been filed in Supreme Court against this appointment which carried on for months? If this was only a ‘legal error’ which was not corrected for months on end, the chief of law ministry Veerappa Moily needs to go home before Thomas. But let me tell you that there is much more than what meets the eye. Things don’t work that way and Congress is not so stupid to forsake their own PM for someone like PJ Thomas.
To put things in correct perspective, we need to first appreciate the fact that all this chaos is not PJ Thomas’s fault. It would also be correct to state that he’s not yet guilty of conspiracy in Palmoleim case of 1991 and 1992. He has only been charge sheeted and the case is yet to be decided. The question is why did Congress insist on Thomas only when there were two other officers, namely Bijoy Chatterjee and S Krishnan, who were comparatively much cleaner than him?
Well, the answer to that question came from none other than Janata Party president Subramaniam Swamy on Twitter. Take a look at this screen shot.Due to constraints of space I’ve cut and pasted it so as to fit in this space. If you want to check the veracity of this tweet you can check Swamy’s tweets here. Just scroll down to 30 Jan and you’ll find it there, that is if Swamy does not delete it. In case he does you can check the tweets of avinashbhat01 here. Hopefully, he won’t delete it. In case they both do you guys will just have to take my word for it. I’ve not made up this picture out of my imagination.
Now what does avinashbhat01 ask Swamy? He’s reffering to Vincent George who is a close associate of Sonia Gandhi. In fact they say that he’s the one who runs Sonia Gandhi’s political ‘empire’. And Swamy coolly replies that George is also closely associated with Muthoot Finance. There is a very deep meaning here, if this is correct and I’ve no reason to believe that it is not (you can check the list of board of directors of Muthoot Finance here). As CVC, the CBI would function directly under PJ Thomas. Now why would Muthoot Finance want to exert influence over CBI or CVC? Quite possibly because they have skeletons in their cupboard which they do not want to come out. They might have some illegal/ underhand deals which CBI may lay their hands on which could expose or even ruin this company. Off course, you may question the credentials of Subramaniam Swamy himself but given the situation as it exists today I’ve no reason to believe that Swamy is pulling a fast one or is just bluffing. Therefore, along with removal of Thomas, there may well be a case for investigating Muthoot Finance and it’s financial dealings.
Please note that the stock price of this company jumped more than 15% in the months of Sep- Oct 10 from Rs 175 to 211, when Thomas was appointed as CVC and it came down to Rs 179 on 01 Nov 10 immediately after a PIL had been filed by JM Lyngdoh, Prashant Bhushan and BR Lall against Thomas’s appointment as CVC. The stock price is now languishing at Rs 123, coinciding with sentiments of the traders who felt that removal of Thomas was a foregone conclusion. Yes, the movement of the stock price could well be due to other extraneous factors also but there definitely is more than an iota of doubt in the way the stock has behaved, quite perfectly in sync with appointment and removal of Thomas as CVC.
Now whether there is a financial consideration or arrangement between all these stake holders in this game is at best a moot point. After all, when is there not? Suffice to say that it surely does not appear to be a ‘legal error’, as Congress would like to put it. On the contrary, it appears more like a conspiracy than anything else.
Another thing which we need to consider is the clean chit given by Thomas’s predecessor Pratyush Sinha when, in fact, there indeed was a vigilance case pending against Thomas. Pertinent to mention that according to Arnab Goswami of Times Now the whole file which contained the noting sheet leading up to this appointment has gone missing from govt records. Quite convenient, I’d say. It is quite obvious that the name was chosen before hand and the noting sheet was prepared in a manner so as to project Thomas as being the most eligible candidate amongst the three officers when he was not. What emerges from this is that the govt wanted a weak and a pliant CVC which would result in amicable solutions in ongoing vigilance ‘problems’ and further appointments of ‘amicable’ people in such positions. An ‘amicable’ Pratyush Sinha leading to appointment of ‘amicable’ Thomas and so and so forth.
Yet another issue which merits consideration is that while Thomas may well now be unfit to be a CVC he was considered fit to continue serving as a bureaucrat for the last twenty years or so including the post of telecom secretary when the 2G scam was conceived and executed by A Raja. All this chaos which has now happened has primarily been because of the fact that the case against Thomas has dragged on and on for more nearly two decades now. Had our judicial procedure been prompt and had successive govts in Kerala and center not interfered one way or another the situation would not have come to this when we find the central govt to be at loggerheads with judiciary, or words to that effect.
The third issue which I need to bring out is that according to judgement of SC this appointment was ILLEGAL. If that be so, where is the question of Thomas’s resignation, a question which is being asked on every news channel? Technically, if his appointment itself was illegal then he was not the CVC to begin with. Thomas does not need to resign at all. All he needs to do is pack his bags and go, unless off course, he has been told to stay put by powers that be. And this may well be the case which may signal a fresh round of confrontation between govt and judiciary.
What the Congress and PM need to remember is that never in the history of India has judiciary ever struck down any appointment by PM as ILLEGAL. By digging in their heels on issue of Thomas they’re setting a wrong precedent. The public opinion is already running very high against the Congress. They might try to brazen it out but it would not only harm their own credibility, or whatever is left of it, but also that of the national institutions of our country which are supposed to be the pillars of a flourishing democracy.
Last but not the least, the integrity and honesty of Caeser’s wife is very much in doubt now. It doesn’t matter what the Caeser’s wife aka Manmohan Singh has to say now.