by Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar
On August 12, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved the transfer of Chaturvedi—an Indian Forest Service Officer—from the Haryana to the Uttarakhand cadre. The development comes days ahead of Chaturvedi’s investiture ceremony for the Magsaysay Award in the Philippines on August 31.
Earlier in May, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) had quashed an order of the two-member ACC, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, declining Chaturvedi’s cadre change.
Though the Haryana government had said in March 2014 that it had no objection, and both the Uttarakhand government and the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) had given their nod in April 2014 and July 2014, respectively, Chaturvedi’s request was turned down by the Modi government. Chaturvedi believes this was done to punish him for having exposed certain corruption cases at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), where he had served on deputation as Chief Vigilance Officer.
In August 2014 he was removed from his AIIMS post and then in January this year the Modi-led ACC returned his case to the MoEFCC, ordering it to get a fresh no-objection certificate regarding….