President Ram Nath Kovind wearing a protective mask as a preventive measure against COVID-19, administers oath of office to Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) Sanjay Kothari (R), at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Director Rakesh Asthana at Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in New Delhi. The Supreme Court had on October 26 asked the Central Vigilance Commission to complete within two weeks its inquiry into the allegations against Verma levelled by Asthana.
Senior Congress leaders (from 2L-R) Vivek Tankha, Randeep Surjewala, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Jairam Ramesh, Ahmed Patel, Anand Sharma and others leave after a meeting with CVC, K V Chowdary at Central Vigilance Commission, in New Delhi.
New Delhi: (From R-L) ASSOCHAM President Rana Kapoor, Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Shashi Kant Sharma, CBI chief Ranjit Sinha (2nd L) and Vice President (Assocham) Sandeep Jajodia release a report during the 8th Annual Summit of Assocham in New Delhi.
CBI Director Ranjit Sinha during the inauguration ceremony of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of CVC & Seminar on “Combating Corruption: Role of Accountability in Institutions, Investigating Agencies, Civil Society and Media” in New Delhi.
Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology Kapil Sibal addresses a press conference in New Delhi after the Supreme Courts verdict on 2G spectrum allocation case. Dismissing the view that the Supreme Court's judgement cancelling 122 2G licences was an indictment, Sibal said the government will move forward on the issue after regulator TRAI make its recommendations.
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram coming out of his office at North Block in New Delhi. In a huge embarrassment to the Government and a jolt to the telecom sector, the Supreme Court cancelled 122 2G licences granted during the tenure of former telecom minister A Raja declaring it as "illegal" and blamed the government's flawed first-come-first served policy. The bench left it to the trial court to decide on the demand for investigation of the alleged role of Home Minister P Chidambaram in the case and ordered auctioning for the grant of licenses afresh.
Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy speaks to the media outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi. In a major development having implications for the corporate sector, the Supreme Court cancelled the 122 2G spectrum licenses granted by former telecom minister A Raja on the ground that they were issued in a "totally arbitrary and unconstitutional" manner. The order came on petitions filed by NGO CPIL and Subramanian Swamy alleging scam in the allocation of spectrum licenses by Raja in January, 2008 during the tenure of UPA-I government, on which the CAG had assumed the presumptive loss of upto Rs 1.76 lakhs.
TV grab: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi, during the ongoing Budget session. Singh termed as an "error of judgement" the appointment of P J Thomas as CVC and told the Lok Sabha that he accepts "full responsibility" for it.
File photo of Central Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas during a seminar. Dealing a big blow to UPA government, the Supreme Court quashed the appointment of Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner, holding that the recommendation made by the high-powered panel--headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh--did not consider the relevant material and therefore its advice "does not exist in law".
FILE: P J Thomas after taking oath as the Central Vigilance Commissioner at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. The Supreme Court criticised the Centre for appointing Telecom Secretary P.J. Thomas as Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) despite the pendency of a chargesheet against him in a criminal case.