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W. P. (C) No. 505/2015 tagged with W P (C) No. 683/2014
Challenging the vires of the appointments made to the CVC


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Common Cause along with a few renowned and concerned citizens have filed a writ petition in public interest challenging the arbitrary appointments of India’s new Central Vigilance Commissioner and the Vigilance Commissioner. It is argued that a complete non-transparency was followed by the Central Government in making the said appointments and that these were illegal and void as they violated the principles of ‘impeccable integrity’ and ‘institutional integrity’ laid down in the landmark judgments of the Apex Court in Vineet Narain case (1998) and Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) case (2011). Notice has been issued in the petition. Common Cause filed an IA praying that the UOI may be directed to not make any appointments which required the participation of either the CVC or the VC, since their appointment itself had been challenged by CC. There are no further orders of listing.

On 15 November 2016, we approached the Apex Court through an interim application praying for a thorough investigation and further action on the Sahara/Birla documents -- allegedly detailing illicit payouts to political functionaries -- recovered by the authorities in their raids. Court’s intervention is also sought to preclude any settlement of the corporate groups with the IT Department and returning of the records to the parties in order to prevent destruction of evidence.

The matter is listed to be heard on 25 November 2016.


WP 505 of 2015

IA November 2016-Birla/Sahara Diaries