Manish Jhalani was appointed the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on August 14, 2014. Jhalani was initially given the charge for three months which was extended by another three months on November 7, 2014 by the ministry. The Delhi High Court has sought response from the government, Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and AIIMS on a plea seeking quashing of this 'illegal' appointment of the medical institute's CVO.
A bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath issued notice to the union health ministry, secretary of the CVC and the director of the AIIMS on the plea seeking quashing of the ministry's order appointing Manoj Jhalani as the AIIMS CVO. The court asked them to file replies and slated the matter for August 26, 2015.
The plea was filed through advocate Prashant Bhushan who alleged that Jhalani's appointment as the AIIMS CVO violated the provisions of the Vigilance Manual. The plea stated that the ministry is not the appropriate authority to do so. It has sought direction to make fresh appointment to the post as per provisions of the Vigilance Manual, AIIMS Act.