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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Delhi High Court: Refuses to grant urgent hearing on Thomas’ plea

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PTI / The Hindu / NEW DELHI, July 14, 2011.

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The Delhi High Court on Thursday refused to grant urgent hearing on the plea of former Central Vigilance Commissioner P.J. Thomas that his appeal, pending with the President against his sacking, be decided first before his successor Pradeep Kumar assumes charge.

“It is quite difficult to hear your petition at the eleventh hour,” a division bench of justices Vikramjit Sen and Sindharth Mridul said referring to the oath taking ceremony of the new CVC scheduled at 11 am on Thursday.

The Court, however, agreed to hear the petition of Mr. Thomas in due course and said that it could be listed for hearing on Friday.

Wills Mathews, the counsel for Mr. Thomas, mentioned the matter at 10:30 am before the bench which declined to hear it on urgent basis.

Mr. Thomas has pleaded for a direction to the President not to issue any warrant of appointment as CVC to Defence Secretary Kumar without first deciding on his representation to her against the judgement of the Supreme Court.

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