Whistleblower Officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi Finally Shifted To Uttarakhand Cadre After Three Year Wait

17/08/2015 3:36 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
Indian anti-corruption campaigner Sanjiv Chaturvedi, talks to reporters at his residence after his name was announced among this year's recipients of the Philippines' Ramon Magsaysay Award, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The award foundation announced Wednesday that Chaturvedi, 40, who began investigating and blowing the whistle on government anomalies as a forest service officer in 2005, had won the award for emergent leadership for his "exemplary integrity, courage and tenacity" in exposing government corruption. (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup)

NEW DELHI -- Whistleblower Indian Forest Officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi has been shifted to Uttarakhand cadre from Haryana, nearly three years after he requested for the transfer claiming that he was facing "extreme hardship" for exposing corruption.

Chaturvedi was recently named as one of the winners of Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2015 and was also in spotlight after being removed from the post of Chief Vigilance Officer, who act as distant arm of Central Vigilance Commission, last year at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for allegedly exposing corruption in the premier institute.

He was given relief in May by Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on his plea against the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) order to get fresh no-objection certificate for his cadre change from both Haryana and Uttarakhand governments.

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An order issued by Department of Personnel and Training said that the ACC has approved the proposal of inter cadre transfer of Chaturvedi, a 2002 batch Indian Forest Service officer, from Haryana to Uttarakhand.

Chaturvedi, who was posted at AIIMS as Deputy Secretary, claimed he was not assigned any work.

"I am very thankful to the CAT. It would have been better if the government would have done this on its own and without my going to the Tribunal," he told PTI.

Chaturvedi had in October, 2012 applied for cadre change on grounds of extreme hardship. As per rules, cadre transfer is allowed only on grounds of extreme hardship and marriage.

He had cited 12 transfers in five years, suspension, two major penalty chargesheets issued for removal from service, false police and vigilance cases, spoiling of Annual Confidential Report (ACR) and refusal of state government for central deputation in AIIMS as instances of extreme hardship.

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