Thursday, March 03, 2011

Who is PJ Thomas? Supreme Court quashes CVC's appointment

WITH the Supreme Court quashing the appointment of PJ Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner, the government now faces many an unanswered question regarding Thomas’ appointment. The apex court rejected the contention of the government that the appointment of the CVC cannot be brought under judicial review.
Apart from serving as chief secretary of Kerala between September 18, 2007 to January 22, 2009, Thomas had served as secretary in the ministry of Parliamentary Affairs between January 2009 and September 2009 and then as secretary in the Department of Telecom. He was also a strong contender for the cabinet secretary’s post, but it did not materialize when incumbent KM Chandrasekhar got an extension in May 2010.  

Profile of PJ Thomas
Service: IAS
Cadre: Kerala
Batch: 1973
Date of Birth: January 13, 1951
Place of Domicile: Kerala
Mother Tongue: Malayalam

Educational Qualifications
a) Graduate (Physics, chemistry and match) First div
b) PG in Physics, First div
c) PG in Economics, Second division

Major Postings
a) District Magistrate (Deputy secretary level), Ernakulam
(From June 1, 1982 to April 1, 1984)
b) Secretary (Deputy secretary level)
Finance (From April 1, 1984 to July 1, 1985)
c) Chief Electoral Officer (Joint secretary level)
State Election Commission
(From February 1, 1998 to January 22, 2005)
d) Principal secretary (Additional secretary level)
Human Resource Development
(From January 22, 2005 to September 13, 2005)
e) Director, Additional secretary level, IIM
(From September 13, 2005 to February 1, 2006)
f) Additional chief secretary, Human Resource Development
(From February 1, 2006 to September 17, 2007)
g) Chief secretary (secretary level) Kerala
September 18, 2007 to January 22, 2009)
h) Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, New Delhi
(From January 23, 2009 to September 30, 2009)
g) Secretary, Department of Telecom, Ministry of Communications & Info Tech, New Delhi
(From October 1, 2009)
h) Appointed as CVC on September 3, 2010

Foreign Training
One year course in public administration at IIPA, Paris (1987)

1 comment:

  1. The Supreme Court has reportedly mentioned that the future appointments of CVC should not be restricted to civil servants alone. Am I correct?