Harsh Vardhan defends AIIMS CVO sacking: ‘Was not eligible’

Sanjiv Chaturvedi was removed from his post with the ministry citing no reason for the decision.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: August 22, 2014 5:45 am

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday defended the removal of AIIMS Chief Vigilance Officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi, saying he was “not eligible” for the post.

“He was not at all eligible for the post that he was holding at AIIMS. We were informed that without the approval of the CVC, nobody can be assigned the post of CVO anywhere. This was brought to our notice, we took cognizance of the same and removed him,” he said.

Chaturvedi was removed from his post on Wednesday with the ministry citing no reason for the decision though internal documents show BJP MP J P Nadda had been pushing for Chaturvedi’s removal. The charge of his office has been assigned to joint secretary and CVO of Health Ministry Vishwas Mehta. The tenure of Chaturvedi, a Haryana cadre forest service officer of 2002 batch, was fixed for four years and was to have lasted till June 2016.

The Aam Aadmi Party, on the other hand, demanded the resignation from Harsh Vardhan. A statement issued by the party said that failing this, PM Narendra Modi should sack the minister for shunting out the “whistleblower officer”.

“Chaturvedi had recommended CBI probe in scams involving top officials of AIIMS. Dr Harsh Vardhan’s action flies directly in the face of the Prime Minister’s recent statement that he will not allow anyone to indulge in corruption and loot,” it said.

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  1. S
    Aug 22, 2014 at 6:45 am
    Now a person close to Drug Mafia will be appointed as CVO AIIMS. Mr Chaturvedi was not eligible and Dalal Harshvardhan suddenly discovered this fact after two years after he started action against drug mafias.Dalal Harshvardhan has drafted new eligibility criteria as below:1. CVO should be close to Drug Mafia.2. Should take back all the cases against drug mafia by weakening the cases.3. Should be able to act hand in glove with drug mafias to protect their interest.4. Should be competent enough to fill the BJP Kitty.5.Should be well versed in law to protect the corrupt and transfer the honest officials.6.Shall not be afraid to demand convenience fess from the suppliers.7. Shall be able to face the press and defend corrupt cases.8.Must have the recommendation of high profile BJP MP/MLA.9.Should frequently apprise the Ministry of the convenience fess collected from suppliers.10.He must be able to take on the honest officers on advise of BJP MP and MLAPersons with INTEGRITY meeting the above criteria should apply immediately with recommendation letters from BJP MP/MLA . Please indicate the monthly collection that you can generate as convenience fess for BJP Kitty.
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      V Sridhar
      Nov 24, 2014 at 1:24 pm
      Harshvardhan should be removed as an MP and no responsible post given and not to partite in Politics or administrative posts in corporations etc., for next 3 years.