The corruption controversy haunting Himachal Pradesh additional chief secretary Vineet Chaudhary since his days at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here has resurfaced.
Parliamentarian Udit Raj of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked for action on a complaint that an NGO (non-government organisation), Janhit Abhiyan, had lodged against the former AIIMS deputy director of administration in September 7, 2012, regarding “gross misuse of position and wasteful expenditure of public funds for personal ends”.
In a letter to union health minister Harsh Vardhan, the BJP leader wrote that speedy action was required to justify the party’s winning the latest Lok Sabha elections on the anticorruption plank.
Chaudhary, a 1982 - batch IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer of the Himachal Pradesh cadre, completed his tenure at AIIMS in November 2012.
The charges included highlevel corruption in the engineering wing, heavy misuse of the gover nment vehicle, treatment of pet dog at cancer centre, serious irregularities in recruitment, and lavish expenditure on office renovation. There were also corruption cases pending before Central Vigilance Commission but even after almost two years, the action taken remains unclear.
“The officer had strong protection. The health ministry ignored even letters from very senior parliamentarians in this regard,” BJP MP Udit Raj wrote in the June 6 letter, with a copy of the complaint attached.