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Whistleblower bureaucrat writes to PM for details of conversation with former Health minister

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Citing "relentless persecution", whistleblower bureaucrat has asked Modi to disclose the details of the 2014 conversation he had with then Union

The conversation between Modi and Vardhan led to his removal as of the All Institute of Medical Sciences, has said in a letter to the on February 28.

Though the letter was written in February, the contents of the letter have been accessed only recently.

has sought action against those responsible for harassing him as well as disclosure of information related to the status of investigation of corruption cases against serving central ministers, in accordance with a recent order of the

In his letter, Chaturvedi said he was subjected to "relentless persecution" and dragged into "endless litigations" in more than a dozen court cases across four high courts, tribunals and after the phone conversation between Modi and Vardhan on August 23, 2014.

The telephonic conversation was on the issue of removing Chaturvedi from the post of chief vigilance officer, Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), according to the response to an RTI query filed by Chaturvedi.

A letter dated August 23, 2014, issued by then Union to the said, "The Hon'ble of had a telephonic discussion with the Hon'ble Union and Family Welfare regarding relieving of charge of CVO, AIIMS, from Shri Chaturvedi, Deputy Secretary, AIIMS, "

A detailed note in this regard is submitted for perusal of of India," the letter said.

In his letter to the prime minister, Chaturvedi has cited a May 2014 file noting of then mentioning his exemplary performance as CVO. He has also cited the Parliamentary Committee Report of August 2015, which strongly deprecated the non-serious approach of the Ministry towards tackling such a large number of cases of corruption at AIIMS.

Chaturvedi, who earlier worked with the government, faced similar harassment earlier.

Recently, in a case related to award of zero grading into his annual performance report, termed the central government/AIIMS vindictive and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000.

This order was upheld by the Supreme Court, which imposed a further fine of Rs 25,000.

Chaturvedi is a 2002 of and exposed a series of corruption cases during his tenure as AIIMS CVO between 2012 and 2016.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 16:50 IST