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SC decision on CVC a historic day for rule of law

New Delhi: BJP today said the Supreme Court decision quashing the appointment of P J Thomas as the Central Vigilance Commissioner has helped restore the "dignity" of the constitutional post and it was a "historic verdict."

"The dignity of the office of CVC has been restored," Sushma Swaraj, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, said shortly after the Apex Court`s decision.

Swaraj. who was part of the three-member panel headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, had opposed the appointment of Thomas as CVC and had given a dissent note. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram was the other member.

BJP spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad said it was a "historic" day for the Rule of Law and that Thomas was tainted from Day one.

Another BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said the prime minister should take "full responsibility" for the turn of events involving Thomas`s appointment as CVC.

CPI`s D Raja said the court decision was a "big blow" for the Union Government.

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