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Pradeep Kumar to be sworn in as CVC today

New Delhi: Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar will take over on Thursday as the new Central Vigilance Commissioner, the country`s anti-corruption watchdog, which has been headless for the past four months after the Supreme Court struck down the appointment of P J Thomas.

62-year-old Kumar will be sworn-in as the new CVC by President Pratibha Patil at a ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Kumar, a 1972 batch Haryana cadre IAS officer, was chosen for the CVC`s post unanimously by a panel comprising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister P Chidambaram and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj a fortnight ago.

He will have tenure of a little over three years.

The post of CVC fell vacant after the apex court quashed the appointment of Thomas as a charge sheet was pending against him in a corruption case.

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