New Delhi: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday said there was nothing malafide in the government's decision to strip Sanjeev Chaturvedi of the post of chief vigilance officer of AIIMS.
"There was nothing malafide in the government's decision to reprofile the job role of ex chief vigilance officer Sanjeev Chaturvedi," he said adding that transparency is the key to good governance at AIIMS.
Reacting to media reports in this regard, Vardhan said "selective representation often leads to obfuscation of facts as has happened in this case."
He said the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) had on July 20, 2012, brought to the previous government's notice that Chaturvedi's appointment as CVO in AIIMS was without its approval which is required to be obtained before such appointments are made as per the vigilance manual.
"For reasons unclear, the then government had not only ignored this letter but also two subsequent reminders dated September 3, 2012 and February 13, 2013", Vardhan said.
In the first letter dated September 3, 2012, it was pointed out that Chaturvedi had been appointed as CVO in AIIMS without the approval of the Commission which is required to be obtained before such appointment as laid down in the vigilance manual.
This letter also reiterated the Commission's position that a full-time CVO was necessary in AIIMS and asked for a panel of senior officers be forwarded to it by the Ministry for approval for appointment as CVO in AIIMS, he said.
The Ministry had responded to this letter on December 24, 2012 restating the standard position of UPA government that a full-time CVO was unnecessary, he said.
"But it did suggest a panel comprising four individuals: Deputy Director (Administration) of AIIMS, the Joint Secretary and CVO of the Health Ministry, one of the regular directors/deputy secretaries in the Ministry, and Chaturvedi.