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DMK moves HC against appointment of Pyare as SVC

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The today moved the Madras High against a recent order of the appointing as the state vigilance commissioner, alleging that it aimed at making infructuous its pending on the methodology of selection for the post.

The petition, filed by R S Bharathi, submitted that the state by its January 8 order, had replaced V K Jayakodi with

Bharathi submitted that his earlier was not only against the person, but also against the method of appointment and the selection process adopted by the and the governor's secretariat.

The appointment was nothing but an attempt to make his earlier writ infructuous and with an intention to nullify the order to be passed by the court, he said.

Bharathi submitted that the in the recent past has been nominating the or officers in the rank of additional as state

"The effect of such a nomination is that the entire State Vigilance Commission has lost its character as an independent, objective and transparent autonomous body and has become a wing of the state government, thereby defeating the very purpose of its constitution," he said.

If the was really to be an objective, impartial and autonomous body to check corruption in administration, the cannot be the or any other secretary to government, he said.

The person selected must be an appointed specially to the post with a secured tenure as done in the case of or

P Wilson, representing Bharathi, submitted that government's move in appointing Jayakodi as of the Vigilance Commission was "arbitrary, illegal and unreasonable" as he was a junior in rank to several officers, including the chief secretary.

"Therefore he will not be able to investigate any accusation of high-level corruption against either the chief secretary or other secretaries senior to him," stated.

His interim prayer was to stay its operation.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 21:55 IST