The Supreme Court raises the beautiful question whether you can appoint as chief vigilance commissioner a man (PJ Thomas) against whom there is a charge sheet in a criminal case.
And Attorney General of India Vahanvati responds saying that it will be very difficult to make appointments if impeccable integrity is made a criterion.
Vahanvati adds, “If such allegations are taken into consideration, every judicial appointment will come under scrutiny.” (‘Such allegations’? Thomas is on bail in the palmolein import case of 1992!).
Quite a scandalous statement to make.
Vahanvati has to rush to Barkha Dutt on NDTV the same evening to call those who have been scandalized by his remark, as foolish.
As much as the Supreme Court’s sage counsel warms my heart as an Indian, the AG’s values depress me.