Presidential order backs whistleblower

The first intervention was in January 2008 when the President quashed the suspension order of the officer.

New Delhi | Published: February 2, 2014 12:16:51 am

Making a fourth intervention in six years in favour of the whistleblower Indian Forest Service officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi, the President of India has upgraded his ACRs (Annual Confidential Reports) as outstanding. The 2002-batch Haryana cadre officer’s ACR was earlier downgraded to zero by the Haryana Government with many adverse remarks against the officer.

As per an order issued by the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) on January 31, 2014, the President after careful consideration of all facts and circumstances of the case has concluded that “the adverse entries” recorded by the accepting authority for the years 2010-11 and 2011-12 are “not found to be tenable and hence expunged”. Upholding the representations made by Chaturvedi, the President has said that the grading awarded to him by the Reviewing Authority (nine points) would be final. An 8-10 out of 10 is graded as ‘Outstanding’.

The MoEF order says the President exercised his extraordinary powers under rule 10 of All India Services (Performance Appraisal Report) Rules, 2007 and rule 25 of All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969, when the officer represented to him through a Memo dated 08.10.2012, against the orders of the State Government downgrading his ACRs.

This is the fourth presidential intervention in favour of the 2002 batch Haryana cadre IFS officer — currently on central deputation as Chief Vigilance Officer, AIIMS. The first intervention was in January 2008 when the President quashed the suspension order of the officer.  the second one was in January 2011 when departmental chargesheet issued to Chaturvedi under major penalty proceedings was quashed.

During his stint in Haryana, the officer had to undergo 12 transfers in five years; was placed under suspension in August 2007 by the State Government and a number departmental inquires were constituted against him which included major penalty proceedings/chargesheet issued in September 2007 and October 2012 – all these suspension orders and major penalty proceedings were quashed by the President.

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