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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Exclusive: A propaganda war by Maoists and Arvind Kejriwal’s half truths

AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal during a press conference in New Delhi on Friday. PTI
AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal during a press conference in New Delhi on Friday. PTINew Delhi, Aug 22: Even as the removal of Sanjiv Chaturvedi, an Indian Forest Service Officer of 2002 batch with a controversial past, from the post of Chief Vigilance Officer of All India Institute of Medical Sciences kicked off a controversy resulting in an attempt by a fledgling Aam Aadmi Party to jump on the bandwagon with Arvind Kejriwal holding a press conference in the Capital over the issue, there are several interesting details which are emerging that indicate that it has become a ‘propaganda war’ fuelled by the Maoist sympathisers.

According to sources, a doctor who is known to be a close sympathiser of the Maoist outfits and is currently posted in AIIMS, has played an important role in chalking out the ‘media strategy’ which portrayed Chaturvedi as a crusader in certain sections of media after order of his removal from the post of CVO came. The said doctor is known to be well networked in the media and appears to be playing an important role in the ongoing episode where attempts to drag names of certain BJP leaders are more than obvious.

It is interesting to note that in the past allegations have also been levelled against AAP for its proximity to Maoists with several Maoist sympathisers already in its ranks. It may not be coincidence that AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal held a press conference on this issue in the Capital on Friday afternoon. The indications are that this could all be a part of the ‘propaganda war’ .

Meanwhile it is interesting to note that the officer at the centre of the current controversy had a controversial past. As a probationer in the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy at Dehradun Chaturvedi was served with several show cause notices for indiscipline and misconduct during 2003-04.

During the year 2004, Rakesh Jagania, a fellow probationer from the scheduled caste community alleged that Chaturvedi abused and assaulted him. The district magistrate of Dehradun ordered the Academy to conduct an enquiry which found him guilty of assault.

During the year 2009, when Chaturvedi went for a training course to IIM Ahemdabad, he indulged in gross indiscipline on account of which he was denied the certificate of participation. The Academy authorities also brought this to the notice of the Chief Secretary Govt. of Haryana.

In 2011, Chaturvedi’s wife and father-in-law levelled allegations of demand for dowry and mental torture and sent a complaint to then Director of the IG National Forest Academy Dehradun. No action was initiated on the complaint but Chaturvedi’s marriage ended after sometime with a divorce.

Interestingly, Kejriwal didn’t mention the controversial past of the said officer in whose favour he held a press conference. Sources in the government said that the media outcry on removal of Chaturvedi came as a surprise even as names of BJP leaders and the Minister for Health and Family Welfare were being dragged in the controversy. Sources further added that so far the indications are that the government would not take back its decision to remove Chaturvedi.


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