press trust of india
New Delhi, 4 October
In a blow to the Haryana government, the Centre has quashed a departmental charge-sheet issued last year by the state administration against a whistleblower Indian Forest Service officer.
The charge-sheet was issued last August when IFS officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi, who exposed several forest scams in Haryana, sought permission from the state government to be relieved for Central Deputation.
Mr Chaturvedi, currently on deputation as the Chief Vigilance Officer at AIIMS here, had submitted a representation to the President last year against the charge sheet filed by the Haryana government over his alleged failure in implementing a plantation programme in Jhajjar.
A 2002-batch officer, Mr Chaturvedi had alleged that the charge-sheet was filed at the behest of powerful politicians who were wary of his stand against corruption in the state forest department.
The aim behind the charge- sheet was “to withhold the vigilance clearance to thereby (jeopardise) his relieving for Central Deputation”, Mr Chaturvedi had said.
“The President, in exercise of powers under Rule 24 (1) (a) All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969, upholds the memorial/representations submitted by Chaturvedi and orders that the charge-sheet (against which) an inquiry was ordered against him stands revoked/quashed with immediate effect,” says the order issued on behalf of the President.