Sharad Yadav writes to PM seeking reinstatement of AIIMS CVO

Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention in the controversial matter of the removal of Sanjiv Chaturvedi from the post of AIIMS Chief Vigilance Officer.

PTI| Updated: Sep 15, 2014, 21:25 PM IST

New Delhi: Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention in the controversial matter of the removal of Sanjiv Chaturvedi from the post of AIIMS Chief Vigilance Officer.

In a letter to Modi, Yadav has called for the said officer to be reinstated saying that would serve the cause of eradication of corruption at the premier hospital.

Yadav said that Chaturvedi was an honest officer who has unearthed many scams.

"During his tenure as CVO at AIIMS, Chaturvedi took action in a record number of cases of corruption. I would like to bring to your notice that this premier health institute is always in the news for one reason or the other due to some corrupt and mischievous elements within the institute itself.

"It is unfortunate that the officer who has been trying hard to alleviate corruption at the institute has been removed from his post (citing) the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

"The fact of the matter is that the CVC (did not) reject or oppose Chaturvedi's candidature," he said in the letter dated September 9.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has defended Chaturvedi's removal saying the CVC had rejected his name twice and his continuation as CVO was irregular and indefensible.

A 2002-batch Indian Forest Service officer who has a reputation for being a whistleblower in his parent state of Haryana, Chaturvedi was removed from his post last month. His tenure was fixed for four years and was to have continued till June, 2016.