Ousted AIIMS officer seeks CBI probe

In August, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan ordered the removal of Chaturvedi as CVO after BJP MP J P Nadda demanded his ouster.

Written by Jay Mazoomdaar | New Delhi | Published: November 3, 2014 2:28 am

Taking cognizance of a plea by Indian Forest Service officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has sought comments from the health ministry on his removal from the post of the chief vigilance officer (CVO) of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

In August, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan ordered the removal of Chaturvedi as CVO after BJP MP J P Nadda demanded his ouster.

The row over his removal prompted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek a report from the  ministry. Harsh Vardhan justified Chaturvedi’s ouster saying the CVC had twice rejected the officer’s name for the post.

In his petition, Chaturvedi urged the CVC to refer back to the ministry the letter ordering his removal. Saying facts had been concealed, he sought a CBI probe into the matter. On October 22, the CVC wrote to the joint secretary and CVO of the ministry, seeking an early response.

In his three representations to the CVC — on August 26, September 15 and 19 — Chaturvedi claimed that Nadda’s June 24 letter to Harsh Vardhan not only sought his removal from the post of the AIIMS CVO but also proposed the name of his replacement, asked to put on hold all inquiries/disciplinary proceedings initiated by Chaturvedi, and even recommended that he be repatriated to his parent cadre Haryana.

The BJP MP was said to have followed up his letter by meeting the Health Minister. In a letter on August 14, the ministry conveyed to the CVC its decision to remove Chaturvedi, claiming that AIIMS was yet to convey the approval of its governing body (GB) and institute body (IB) for creation of a separate post of CVO.

In his representations, Chaturvedi alleged that the ministry concealed statutory approvals granted for creation of the post of the AIIMS CVO by the GB in November 2010 and by the IB in January 2012, and commitments made by the ministry to a parliamentary committee in June 2012 and January 2013.

Demanding a CBI probe under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and sections of IPC related to forgery, Chaturvedi urged the CVC to protect him from what he called a witch hunt.

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  1. S
    Nov 3, 2014 at 5:38 am
    If Mr modi has some sense, he should protect the honest officer. Everyone in India knows about his integrity. Why can't mr modi or his ociates in PMO see this. If the PM really wishes to give India better governance then only lip service will not work. He will have to do things on ground. Shame on BJP Govt.
    1. I
      Nov 4, 2014 at 7:50 am
      If u have any sense, you should hv appreciated the fact that Modi had sought the report on this matter. Hoe many past PM's do you think would have done that? The matter is not closed yet. Don't make sweeping comments on Modi, like it is him and only him who should look and do each and every work. Time doesn't go slow on Modi's watch. He does not have 24 days for our 24 hour. Its 24 hours for him as well. For him to take decision on this matter, he should have clear picture of the events. For that he has to dedicate more of his time for this issue and stop others. Can't do multiple things simultaneously. Not possible for a human atleast.
      1. Virender Kumar Singla
        Nov 3, 2014 at 1:16 pm
        The case requires to be looked into. But what had been happening in 2004 when Congress came in power at centre. I was sent back from CBFC from the post of Regional Officer just because some doentary was not getting ped. The producer had mentioned in addition to other issues his address as Post Box no...... Can this be accepted? I was left with few months only for detion. It was later that even Chairman was removed. If CBFC is a consutional body then how this was happening? Why this should not be investigated?
        1. Y
          You Rock
          Nov 4, 2014 at 7:16 am
          Please give references of his honesty ma'am.The congress has a proven track record for promoting corrupt officers and I for one and people in my country do not know any honest appointment made by Congress.The biggest failure of them all, Mr MMS considered as honest and moral by all failed us spectacularly