The Central Administrative Tribunal has restrained the Union health ministry and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) from rewriting the Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) of Haryana-cadre Indian Forest Service officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi.
The CAT, while issuing notice to the union health ministry and AIIMS on an application filed by the whistleblower IFS officer, on Tuesday directed them not to proceed with writing his fresh APAR. The tribunal has asked the respondents – secretary, health ministry; president, AIIMS; and director, AIIMS – to submit their reply within two weeks. Union health minister JP Nadda is president, AIIMS, where the officer is posted as deputy director.
A 2002-batch IFS officer of Haryana cadre, Chaturvedi, who has taken on the Modi government on the cadre change issue, moved the tribunal against the health ministry and AIIMS, accusing them of nullifying or trying to rewrite his APAR for the period from April 1, 2014 to July 15, 2014 that has already “attained finality” with “outstanding grade”.
The officer, in his application to the CAT, has described the AIIMS order in this regard as "part of vindictive actions" he had been facing from the ministry and the institute because of his lawful actions in corruption cases of politically influential officials during his stint as chief vigilance officer (CVO) of the institute. Chaturvedi was CVO of AIIMS from July 7, 2012 to August 14, 2014.
“The instant order is solely aimed to finish his career and to teach him a lesson for his lawful actions against powerful vested interests. Already, he has been rendered without any assignment by the respondents and his cadre transfer/deputation proposals to Uttarakhand and Delhi Government has been blocked illegally as part of this victimization strategy and more and more such moves are in offing against him,” reads the petition.
Earlier, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal wanted to take Chaturvedi in his team as officer on special duty and his case for change of cadre from Haryana to Uttarakhand was also in the works, but both have remained caught in bureaucratic rigmaroles.