|Born||citation needed]8 July 1976 [|
|Alma mater||Maulana Azad Medical College|
|Occupation||police officer, physician|
|Known for||Deputy CEO of National Health Authority|
Vipul Aggarwal is a 2001 batch Indian Police Service Officer from the Gujarat Cadre. He is also a physician. Since February 2020 Aggarwal has been Deputy CEO of the National Health Authority.
In 2010 Aggarwal was accused and imprisoned along with 36 others in the death of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and its various surrounding events. In 2018 the court discharged Aggarwal from the case with the finding that there was no evidence against him.
Early life and career
Dr. Vipul Aggarwal is a serving Indian Police Service officer of 2001 batch, Gujarat cadre. He is a medical doctor turned cop who is known to be a pragmatic and proactive officer with more than 19 years of work experience behind him. Vipul Aggarwal received an MBBS from Maulana Azad Medical College in 1999 with a gold medal in forensic medicine. He joined the Indian Police Service in 2001 from the Gujarat cadre. At the Sardar Vallabh Bhai National Police Academy (SVPNPA) he was the batch topper and the recipient of the coveted Home Minister's Revolver and PM's Baton for “Best All-Round Officer Trainee". In 2010 Aggarwal was police superintendent in the Dahod district.
Death of Sohrabuddin Sheikh
In May 2010 the Central Bureau of Investigation arrested Aggarwal and others on accusations of their involvement in the Tulsiram Prajapati killing and the death of Sohrabuddin Sheikh. The investigation and case ran from Sohrabuddin's death in 2005 till the end of a trail in 2018, including many turns and twists. On 10 October 2014 the Bombay High Court granted Aggarwal bail after he had been incarcerated for four years. A month later, Aggarwal rejoined the police force after the Gujarat government revoked his suspension. In September 2018 Aggarwal was one of a few officers to get discharged from the case for lack of any evidence. In December 2018 the case ended with the discharge of remaining defendants.
Aggarwal's supporters said that prosecutors charged him due to mistaken association with D. G. Vanzara. Supporters said that at the time of his arrest, he only had ₹23,000 as movable assets and consequently they organized a fundraiser for his legal defense. A 2012 profile of Aggarwal described him as wealthy after using a RTI request to find that he owned real estate worth ₹1.35 crores. However it was reportedly due to revaluation of his residential house purchased before joining the government service.
Shortly after his detention, the court held Aggarwal in additional remand in the course of the investigation. The police incarcerated Aggarwal in Palanpur. While incarcerated the Gujarat High Court had refused to release him on bail. The CBI alleged that Aggarwal could tamper with evidence if released on bail. Prosecutors named then Gujarati state minister Amit Shah as being key conspirator in the case and Aggarwal as the key offender.
At the end of 2014 Aggarwal was eligible for a government posting but without a position in the police service. In January 2015 he accepted an appointment as director of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Around this time he also took police training for 7 weeks in Australia.
Aggarwal's training in Australia could have made him eligible for promotion in the police force. While he was in training and away from his post, the 2015 Indian swine flu outbreak became severe. In the context of the pandemic and after relieving from NRHM Aggarwal, was available for another government posting. Aggarwal then joined the Gujarat Medical Service Corporation as director.
Before being appointed as Deputy CEO of the National Health Authority, he served as the Joint Commissioner of Police (Admin) of Ahmedabad city, a position with immense administrative responsibilities, human resource and finance management. In February 2020 Aggarwal accepted an appointment as Deputy CEO of the National Health Authority. In this role he would oversee the Ayushman Bharat Yojana, which is the publicly funded health care system of India. Launched in 2018 September, Ayushman Bharat Yojana the world's largest public-sector health insurance scheme covering 40% of our country's vulnerable population has completed 24 months since inception. Ayushman Bharat is among the very few schemes in the country that is completely data-driven. It is using data and analytics for all operations—policy design, fraud control, hospital empanelment, operational monitoring, COVID-19, etc.
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