SC notice to Centre, CVC, BSNL others on whistleblower`s plea
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Last Updated: Monday, August 31, 2009, 23:36
  
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from the Centre and others on a BSNL employee's petition that he was being hounded for blowing the whistle on an illegal call routing racket involving a private company.

Indian Engineering Service officer Azam Siddiqui has approached the apex court, challenging a Delhi High Court ruling that set aside the Central Administrative Tribunal's (CAT) order that quashed the chargesheet issued against him.

A bench headed by Justice H S Bedi issued notice to the Department of Telecommunications, the BSNL, the Central Vigilance Commission and five others on Azam's plea.

While the Bench allowed disciplinary proceedings to continue, it said final orders should not be passed.

Challenging BSNL's action, the petitioner stated that the chargesheet was issued against him in 2006, three years after he complained about the call racket to CVC and the department.

Under the whistleblower notification, the complainant's identity was not to be leaked but Azam's identity was leaked to BSNL, the petition filed by Prashant Bhushan stated.

Azam, who was posted as divisional engineer in OCB Telephone Exchange, Allahabad, had made a complaint in July 2005 to CVC alleging illegal routing of international calls of a private telecom company through the exchange.

As a result of this racket, the international calls of the private company were converted as domestic calls in BSNL network, thus causing huge monetary loss to the public sector telecom service provider and undue gain to the private player.

Bureau Report


First Published: Monday, August 31, 2009, 23:36


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