Whistleblower Sanjeev Chaturvedi who has been engaged in a confrontation with the Narendra Modi government has moved the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) against the Home Ministry and the AIIMS orders which allegedly want to nullify or re-write his Annual Performance Appraisal Report, according to a report in The Wire. Chaturvedi claims he has ‘already attained finality with outstanding grade’ for the said period.
Chaturvedi has said that the order was in “blatant violation” of the All India Services (Performance Appraisal Report) Rules, 2007. According to the rules, it is compulsory to write more than one Annual Performance Appraisal Report if there is more than one reporting authority supervising the performance of an officer for more than 90 days. The IFS officer has claimed that the Health Ministry and AIIMS had directed him “to submit only one self appraisal report for the entire financial year (2014-15), disregarding the fact that … there was more than one reporting authority for the applicant.”
In his submission before the CAT, Chatuvedi has also questioned Health Minister JP Nadda’s role in protecting corrupt officers. He said that the Nadda ministry never issued him the work to oversee the implementation of infrastructure projects, despite the Ministry itself reiterating the same in a report to the PM and in an affidavit to the High Court of Delhi. “…in order to protect these corrupt elements, the respondent Ministry and Institute never allocated the work of monitoring of infrastructure projects to the applicant. The extent to which the Respondent Ministry can go in protection of these corrupt elements is obvious from the fact that the said work has not been allocated despite the ministry reiterating the same in a report sent to the Prime Minister and in an affidavit filed before the High Court of Delhi,” Chaturvedi told the Tribunal.
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