New Delhi: Former CBDT chief K V Chowdary and Information Commissioner Vijai Sharma were sworn in today as the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) and Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), two key posts that were lying vacant for over nine months on which the government came under attack.
Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said, at a ceremony held today at 1230 hrs at Rashtrapati Bhavan, K V Chowdary was sworn in as the Central Vigilance Commissioner and Shri Vijai Sharma was sworn in as Chief Information Commissioner. They made and subscribed the oath of their respective offices before the President.
Chowdary becomes the first IRS officer (Income tax) to hold the country’s anti-corruption watchdog chief position.
Chowdary, who will be 61 this year, has beaten those odds with his appointment as Central Vigilance Commissioner, the first non-IAS officer in that post. This was after the Indian Revenue Service of the 1978 batch had become chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes for two months from August.
He had earlier served as the Director General of I-T (Investigations) in the national capital where he headed a number of high-profile tax probes, including the 2G spectrum allocation case.
Chowdary was working as an Adviser in Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) to check black money till Tuesday. He retired as Chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in October, last year.
Interestingly, former Director General of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Rajiv, who is working as acting Central Vigilance Commissioner, is three batch senior to Chowdary. Rajiv is a 1975 batch IPS officer, whereas, Chowdary belongs to 1978 batch of IRS (Income Tax cadre).
Sharma, the 1974 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, a former Environment Secretary, has been working as Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commissioner since 2012. He will have tenure of about six months as he attains the age of 65 years on December 1, this year.
Chowdary has been appointed for a term of four years from the date on which he enter upon his office or till he attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.