Centre again asks Haryana to relieve whistle-blower IFS officer
After waiting for a go-ahead from the state authorities for a fortnight, the Centre has written to the Haryana government again to relieve Sanjiv Chaturvedi, an Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer who blew the whistle on some plantation scams in the state, for a deputation in the central government.chandigarh Updated: May 22, 2012 21:33 IST
After waiting for a go-ahead from the state authorities for a fortnight, the Centre has written to the Haryana government again to relieve Sanjiv Chaturvedi, an Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer who blew the whistle on some plantation scams in the state, for a deputation in the central government.
In a letter to chief secretary PK Chaudhery, the union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) again asked the state authorities on Monday to relieve the 2002-batch officer from his current charge to join his new assignment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, under the ministry of health and family welfare.
Though the MEF had informed the Haryana government on May 7 about the central deputation of the officer, the state authorities are still to give the go-ahead, forcing the MoEF to send the reminder. "No decision has been taken so far. His case is still under consideration. We never recommended his case for deputation," forests minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav told HT.
Chaturvedi, who had taken on some powerful politicians and well-connected officers while raising questions about some plantation works and misuse of funds, was been selected for the post of deputy secretary after the state government had reluctantly forwarded his name for the central deputation after delaying it for months.
The state government had while sending his request for deputation to the Centre made adverse remarks against him in an unprecedented manner, accusing him of embarrassing the government by painting the entire forests department as "den of corruption".
After the officer had alleged harassment at the hands of interested parties, MoEF secretary Dr Tishyarakshit Chatterjee wrote to the then chief secretary Urvashi Gulati on September 7, 2011, that the Central Vigilance Commission, which examined the matter, had advised us that appropriate action should be taken to protect the officer in discharging his duties.
"It is felt that the ends of justice and administration may be met if the officer in question is offered a deputation and transfer to the central government," he wrote.
Chaturvedi, who is presently divisional forest officer, production, at Hisar, had to face 12 transfers in five years and suspension after he exposed irregularities in plantations under various schemes.
When he had submitted a memorial against his "persecution", the central government intervened and quashed the charge sheet on the basis of findings of an inquiry committee.