SC strikes down CVC PJ Thomas' appointment New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down Central Vigilance Commissioner PJ Thomas' appointment dealing a major blow to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government. A three-judge bench headed by the Chief Justice of India SH Kapadia delivered its verdict on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that sought Thomas' removal from the position of CVC on Thursday. The apex court observed that Thomas is a person who is tainted as he was an accused in the palmoline export scam in Kerala. The Supreme Court said that the high-powered comittee's recommendation on appointment of Thomas "does not exist in law". The committee, for whatsoever reason, failed to consider relevant material recommending action against Thomas, the court observed. The PIL had claimed that Thomas was not a person of impeccable integrity. However, Thomas had defended himself even though he was chargesheeted in the palmoline export scam while serving as Kerala's secretary in the state's Ministry of Food and Civil Supplies.