On Saturday, Sanjay Kothari was appointed the Central Vigilance Commissioner, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique. His oath of office was attended by PM Modi and Vice President among others.
The post of the chief of CVC was lying vacant since June 2019.
About Sanjay Kothari:
• Kothari is an officer from the 1978 batch from Haryana.
• Sanjay Kothari was named as a new CVC by a committee headed by PM Narendra Modi in February this year.
• Also, he has been the Secretary to the President of India.
• Kothari retired in 2016 as the secretary of the Department of Personnel and Training.
• Also, he headed the PESB ( Public Enterprises Selection Board ) way back in 2016.
• His tenure as the CVC chief is likely to end by next year in the month of June.
• In the same meet, Bimal Julka was appointed as the next Chief Information Commissioner.
• While the Congress termed the same appointment process as “illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional”. The grand old party also demanded immediate scrapping of the decision. It accused the government of being arbitrary in the procedure.
• Kothari’s official appointment is likely to escalate the war between both political parties, Congress & BJP.
• CVC is a multi-member commission. It has its own statutory status and an autonomous body.
• Central Vigilance Act came into effect in 2003.
• The first Chief Vigilance Commissioner of India was Nittoor Srinivasa Rau.
• At present, CVC receives complaints under Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers’ Resolution.
• CVC has three members: Central Vigilance Commissioner and 2 Vigilance Commissioners. They are appointed by the President of India.
Although CVC is not an investigation agency, CVC receives complaints on instances of corruption, including the cases od misuse of office. It is worth mentioning here that the commission is authorized under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 to investigate the offenses. For the investigation, CVC relies upon Chief Vigilance Officer and the Central Bureau of Investigation.
As it is just an advisory body, it is often considered as a toothless tiger. It is the need of the hour to strengthen the administrative mechanism in a comprehensive manner, including the framework of CVC as well. As we are living in the digital era, the government must allocate sufficient budgetary resources in order to leverage technological advancements to streamline the bureaucracy.