an SC bench said it would be good if independent person with legal background is appointed in the commission and “not only the retired bureaucrats who are loyal to the government”.
Rai was secretary of financial services in North Block before becoming the UPA’s nominee as CAG. While serving in finance ministry, Rai was considered a loyal bureaucrat, but once he occupied the constitutional post of CAG, he turned highly independent and took a bold anti-government stand. Rai unleashed a number of reports including 2G spectrum and coal block allocations, which were of highly critical of the government.
Vahanwati had to resort to Rai’s example when the Supreme Court was hearing Centre’s plea seeking a review of its ruling that people from judicial background should also be appointed as members of the Central and state information commissions.
Excepts of Supreme Court Order
Action and Appointments
a) V Rajagopalan, a 1978 batch UP cadre IAS, has been appointed as secretary in the ministry of environment and forests in place of T Chatterjee, a 1975 batch AP cadre IAS who had retired.
b) Pramod Kumar Tiwari, a 1991 batch Assam cadre IAS, has been appointed as joint secretary in the department of administrative reforms and public grievances.