New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written a letter to Union Minister of State for Environment Prakash Javadekar, requesting release of former AIIMS Chief Vigilance Officer Sanjeev Chaturvedi from current duties to head Delhi's Anti Corruption Branch (ACB), a report said on Tuesday.
Chaturvedi is currently serving as the deputy director of AIIMS. Kejriwal has sought services of the IFS officer in Delhi government as an Officer on Special Duty. The anti-graft body is controlled directly by the chief minister.
Chaturvedi needs an approval by the Centre to relieve him for Delhi government deputation.
In the February 16 letter to Javadekar, who is the cadre controlling officer of all the Indian Forest Services officers, Kejriwal has asked his intervention into the matter.
"The services of Sanjeev Chaturvedi, IFS (Haryana:2002), who is presently posted as the Deputy Secretary, AIIMS, New Delhi, on Central Deputation, are urgently required to work as Officer on Special Duty (OSD), in the Chief Minister's Office. Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi.
The consent of the officer is also enclosed in the letter.
"I would be highly obliged if you could personally look into the matter and get the requisite orders issued at the earliest," said a letter written by Kejriwal to Javdekar.
Sources said now Javedkar has to seek approval of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the government of Haryana. It will then be forwarded to the Cabinet Committee on Appointment headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Aam Aadmi Party government had earlier this week expressed interest to have Chaturvedi in ACB, saying that his inclusion will strengthen the agency.
Chaturvedi, an Indian Forest Service Officer of Haryana cadre, was unceremoniously removed from the post of CVO last year. JP Nadda, BJP general secretary and now the Union Health Minister, had written to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) last year objecting to Chaturvedi's appointment as both deputy secretary and CVO.
After his removal, the AAP had come out in support of the officer and alleged "victimisation of an honest officer at the behest of BJP members".
AAP had also demanded resignation of the then Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan for his removal.
On Sunday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, "I would like him (Chaturvedi) to be there. If he wants to come, then certainly with his coming the Anti Corruption Branch will be 100 times more strong."
(With PTI inputs)