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SC notice to Centre, CVC, BSNL others on whistleblower`s plea

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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