Former AIIMS CVO Chaturvedi moves to CAT alleging govt rendering him “jobless”
New Delhi: Former chief vigilance officer (CVO) of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Sanjiv Chaturvedi has moved Administrative Tribunal (CAT) alleging that the central government, “acting in an arbitrary and malafide manner, has rendered him jobless”.
Chaturvedi has moved the CAT saying that he is feeling “humiliated” as the basic work which he was mandated with at the time of his appointment CVO has not been assigned to him till date.
He has also sought quashing of Manoj Jhalani’s appointment as the new CVO, alleging that the same has been made by the Central government in violation of rules and the vigilance manual.
Taking note, the CAT has asked responses from the Central Vigilance Commission, ministry of health, its secretary and the current CVO, Jhalani.
The respondents have been asked to explain why Chaturvedi should not be allocated the work stipulated in his appointment letter and as to why Jhalani’s appointment as CVO should not be quashed.
The CAT has given the ministry two days to explain why an interim direction should not be issued vide which the Central government and health ministry will be restrained from taking any “coercive action” against Chaturvedi.
Chaturvedi has also challenged an order dated May 15, which says all files and work currently being routed through him will now be directly sent from his subordinate officers to his superior. According to this order, he has contended that he has been rendered “jobless”.
In March 2012, Chaturvedi, a 2002 batch Indian Forest Service officer of the Haryana cadre, was posted as the CVO at the AIIMS till 2016.
His removal in August last year, two years before the end of his tenure, had kicked up a controversy after he attributed it to measures initiated by him against “corrupt practices”.
The development had brought the role of Union Health Minister J P Nadda under the scanner as he had recommended his removal from the post.
The spotlight has come back on Chaturvedi after the Aam Aadmi Party Government wrote to the central government to relieve him for being appointed as Offficer on Special Duty (OSD) with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s office.