S. Sant Singh Chatwal (Chhatwal) honoured with
Padma Bhushan Award
S. Sant Singh Chatwal (Chhatwal) is an Ex-Naval Trainee
Pilot and a distant relative of Vet. Prabhjot Singh Chhatwal.
Clean chit to Chatwal : Tribune News Service.
New Delhi, January 27Just a day after a controversy erupted
over conferring the Padma Bhushan award on New York
based NRI Sant Singh Chatwal, the government today
came out in strong defence and clarified that he had
been discharged by a court in Mumbai and there was
nothing adverse on record against him.
The government specified the role of Chatwal in the
Indo-US nuclear deal saying he was actively involved
in securing support for the nuclear deal among the
members of the Congress of the United States. It also
referred to him as “tireless advocate” of India’s
interests in the US.
Referring to the allegations of financial irregularities
against him, the government clarified that between
1992 and 1994, the CBI had registered five cases
against him and some bank officials for conniving
with the intention of defrauding the Bank of Baroda
and Bank of India. Three of these cases were closed
by the CBI itself while in the remaining two cases,
the Court discharged Chatwal.
The “Padma Awards” are conferred only after
consideration in terms of the guidelines regulating
the award and after observance of established and
elaborate procedures. A ‘due diligence’ exercise is
undertaken in respect of each awardee in consultation
with appropriate agencies before announcement of
the award, Onkar Kedia, the ministry spokesperson
said. No award is conferred except on the
recommendation of the Awards Committee,
constituted for the purpose and after the ‘due
diligence’ has been done, he added.
Chatwal was among the 43 people chosen by the
government for the prestigious Padma Bhushan on
the eve of the Republic Day earlier this week. The
decision sparked off a controversy with the BJP
objecting to the move because of the CBI cases
The Ministry said Chatwal was a Trustee of the
William J Clinton Foundation, which focuses on
issues such as health care, climate change and
economic empowerment of the underprivileged in
the world community. He made frequent trips to India
to provide relief to victims of tsunami and AIDS. He
is also a prominent leader of the Indian-American
community, it said.
Veteran Prbahjot Singh Chhatwal PLS Retd.