The government has approved the transfer of whistleblower Indian Forest Service officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi from Haryana to Uttarakhand five months after the government sought fresh clearance from the two states for his cadre transfer request.
In between, Chaturvedi got a favourable order from the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) in May against the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet’s direction for seeking fresh no-objection certificates from Haryana and Uttarakhand.
“The Cabinet Committee of Appointments has approved the inter-state cadre transfer of Sanjiv Chaturvedi from Haryana cadre to Uttarakhand cadre,” the order issued by the environment ministry said.
The Cabinet Committee’s decision came after Chaturvedi threatened to move a contempt petition against the government in CAT on August 8 for not allowing his cadre transfer.
The committee on August 12 transferred his cadre from Haryana to Uttarakhand three years after he had sought the transfer seeking “extreme hardship” for exposing corruption in Haryana his parent forest service cadre state.
This does not mean, however, that Chaturvedi’s troubles are over.
The government in an affidavit filed before the CAT on his petition seeking work in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has stated that its decision not to allocate him any work was “legal”.
The affidavit also claimed that Chaturvedi’s petition was not valid as the government has not decided on his representation against removal as chief vigilance officer of AIIMs, the position in which he had exposed several irregularities in the country’s premier public sector health institute.
Chaturvedi, however, thanked CAT for coming to his rescue. “It would have been better if the government would have done this on its own and without my going to the Tribunal,” he said.
Chaturvedi had cited 12 transfers in five years, suspension, two major penalty chargesheets issued for removal from service, false police and vigilance cases, among others, as instances of extreme hardship.