New Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission
has favoured a CBI probe into a multi-crore forest scam in
Haryana involving some powerful politicians and bureaucrats.
Reverting to the Environment Ministry`s request, the CVC
has advised it to ask the Haryana government to file an FIR
after which the case can be transferred to CBI.
The CVC`s advice came after the CBI informed the CVC that
it has found the charges levelled by an Indian Forest Service
(IFS) officer "worthy" of an independent probe.
"...the Ministry is advised to take up the matter of
registration of FIR with the State Government and subsequent
transfer of the case to the CBI," the CVC said in a
communication to the Environment Ministry.
The Ministry had referred the matter to the CVC after an
in-house inquiry found merit in allegations levelled by IFS
officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi that there was corruption in the
setting up of a herbal park on the private land of a
legislator under pressure from a state Cabinet Minister.
Chaturvedi also alleged financial irregularities like
siphoning off of funds to the tune of crores of rupees in
plantation at the park in 2007 and 2008.
After Chaturvedi blew the whistle, he was frequently
transferred and he complained of harassment to President
Pratibha Patil, who referred it to the Cabinet Secretariat.
Acting on the directions of the Cabinet Secretariat, the
Environment Ministry in 2010 constituted a two-member panel
headed by Inspector General of Forests A K Srivastava which
confirmed the harassment of Chaturvedi and recommended
quashing of the chargesheet and referring the matter
immediately to the CBI for the impartial investigation.
The chargesheet was quashed by President on January 19.
Haryana had rejected the findings of the inquiry panel
and asked the Union Ministry to have a fresh look at the case.
The Centre had rejected the demand.