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Ex AIIMS CVO levels serious allegations over working of ACC

Sanjeev Chaturvedi, an Indian Forest Service officer of 2002 batch and ex-chief vigilance officer of AIIMS, has levelled serious allegations over the working of Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), chaired by the Prime Minister.

The officer has filed an affidavit in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) in his on going case of cadre change from Haryana to Uttarakhand.

In this case, after obtaining consent of both the State governments, the Ministry of Environment and Forest had recommended to the ACC for his cadre change on the ground of extreme hardship in July 2014.

However, on January 28 this year, ACC asked for seeking fresh consent from both the state governments. This order of ACC was challenged by the officer in the CAT which granted stay on ACC order on February 18 and asked the Central government to file reply.

The Central government in its reply took the plea that fresh consents were sought in view of change of State governments.

However, in his affidavit filed on March 23 and 30, the officer has contested these claims saying that while in Uttarakhand the government is still same which had earlier given the consent, in case of Haryana, already ACC has given approval to a number of similar cases without seeking the consent from new government.

The officer also contended that the state government is a continuous institution and as per Supreme court order the change of government does not mean review of each and every order.
The officer showed data from May 29, 2014 and March 25, 2015, to show that in 29 cases of inter-cadre deputations, decided by ACC, during this period, policy was flouted in 14 cases, that is half of the cases.

Chaturvedi alleged while his case, despite being within the rules, was kept pending for more than six months and left undecided, the cases which were ineligible were decided favourably and expeditiously.

The officer alleged that for the past seven months, he is being continuously humiliated for his action of exposing corruption in AIIMS involving politicians and bureaucrats presently occupying influential positions at Central and State governments.

During his earlier stint in Haryana, the officer had faced twelve transfers in five years and President of India had intervened four times to quash orders related to suspension and chargesheet. The officer was removed from the post of CVO AIIMS in August 2014.

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