25 July, 2021

Old Jungle Saying

A civil servant discovers the returns of honesty

Jitender Gupta
Old Jungle Saying

It’s a tale with age-old contours. Sanjiv Chaturvedi, the upright junior officer of the Indian Forest Service who the government of Haryana hounded for the last five years, can work in peace. His fight against corruption, and the vindictiveness of the politico-bureaucratic set-up, is now a case study for trainees at three premier academies for civil servants and police officers. This, even as the state government tries its best to prevent a CBI probe into a ‘fake plantation scam’ Chaturvedi unearthed.

Chaturvedi has been transferred 12 times in the six years of his service, has had three ‘bogus’ FIRs lodged against him, faced four inquiries by the Vigilance Bureau, as well as a suspension and a chargesheet under major penalty, which leads to dismissal from service. Today, when the much-feted Chaturvedi lectures trainee officers on ‘Anti-Corruption Strategies’, he feels vindicated. Chaturvedi was ranked second in the IFS examination and won two special medals for excellence while on training. His...

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