News Excerpt
Sanjay Kothari, the Secretary to the President, has been selected as the new Central Vigilance Commissioner by a high-powered committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The three-member panel also decided by majority the appointment of Suresh Patel as Vigilance Commissioner.

Pre-Connect
•    The Central Vigilance Commission is an-corruption watchdog with autonomous status.
•    It is free of control from any executive authority and has the responsibility of monitoring all vigilance activities in the Central government besides advising various authorities in planning, executing, reviewing and reforming their vigilance work.

Analytica
    The Commission is considered the apex integrity institution of the country. Apart from overseeing the vigilance administration, it has also been tasked with superintendence over the CBI in corruption cases.
    It is also the designated agency for the protection of whistleblowers and examination of their complaints. It acts as a watchdog over the central government and its instrumentalities.
    The Supreme Court in the landmark judgment in the Vineet Narain case (1997) had directed the following: “The Central Vigilance Commission shall be given statutory status. Selection for the post of Central Vigilance Commissioner shall be made by a Committee comprising the Prime Minister, Home Minister and the Leader of the Opposition from a panel of outstanding civil servants and others with impeccable integrity to be furnished by the Cabinet Secretary. The appointment shall be made by the Presi¬dent on the basis of the recommendations made by the Comm¬ittee.”
    Pursuant to the said judgment, Parliament passed the Central Vigilance Commission Act, 2003, giving statutory status to the Commission. It had incorporated the order of the Court for the selection and appointment of the CVC. It is imperative therefore that the process and procedures are followed meticulously.

Conclusion
    The opposition termed the process adopted for appointment of the new Chief Vigilance Commissioner "illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional" and demanded its immediate scrapping. They demanded that the entire process needs to be scrapped in its entirety, a de-novo process needs to be instituted, a fresh search committee needs to be constituted, which is not conflicted. Applications need to be invited afresh
    Arbitrariness in top judicial institutions is fatal for democracy, and if anything of that sort has happened then the government needs to relook into matter.

PEPPER IT WITH
DSPE-Delhi Special Police Establishment Act 1946