How Pillai was pipped to the post

July 03 2011

Pradeep Kumar’s appointment as the new CVC speaks about the Malayali lobby losing its clout. The entire Malayali lobby was trying its best to push retired Home Secretary G K Pillai, however Bijoy Chatterjee, Naresh Dayal, Alka Sirohi, R P Agarwal, Vijaylakshmi Gupta R S Pandey were among the 28 who were in the fray, most of whom were from the IAS or former IAS officers. An IAS from the 1972 Haryana cadre and Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar and G K Pillai were neck to neck. But Pranab Mukherjee and 10, Janpath, came in the way of Pillai. Pranab da bore a grouse against Pillai that he had tried to spy on him on Chidambaram’s behest, while 10, Janpath wanted to stop the monopoly of Malayali lobby. So Pradeep Kumar was preferred over Pillai. It is likely that Sushma Swaraj’s Haryana connection may have something to do with this.

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