Modi govt treated whistleblower Sanjeev Chaturvedi revengefully: Supreme Court

SC upholds verdict on Sanjeev Chaturvedi

The Hush Post | 15:45 | Two-minute read

As AIIMS CVO, Chaturvedi had unearthed around 200 corruption cases

In a major setback to the Modi government, the Supreme Court has upheld the verdict of the Uttarakhand High Court on whistleblower IFS officer Sanjeev Chaturvedi. The Supreme Court on Friday agreed that the Centre and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) had treated the whistleblower in a vindictive manner.

The bench of Justice R Bhanumathi and Justice Indira Banerjee dismissed the appeal filed by AIIMS with a fine of Rs 25,000. The apex court concluded that the order of chairman of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) singly staying proceedings before a two-member bench of the tribunal was not in its jurisdiction and unsustainable in law.

In August last year, the Uttarakhand HC had found the Modi Government guilty for misleading the principal bench of the CAT in New Delhi into staying proceedings. The Magsaysay Award winner officer had approached the High Court seeking to quash his poor appraisal.

Chaturvedi’s credentials 

During 2012-14, Chaturvedi had served as the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) at AIIMS, New Delhi. He had unearthed several cases of corruption which followed his dismissal from duty. Though he had retained the post of Deputy Director at AIIMS, the whistle blower officer alleged that his removal was the result of his actions against corrupt officials. He had alleged BJP leader and Union Minister JP Nadda had acted upon corrupt officers’ advice.

As AIIMS CVO, Chaturvedi had unearthed around 200 corruption cases, out of which punishment was imposed in 78 cases and in 87 cases charge-sheets were issued.  More than 20 cases were referred to CBI for criminal investigation.

Chaturvedi had also said the Modi government was against anti-corruption force.

 

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