Alok Verma resigns after being removed as CBI chief, refuses to take charge as DG of fire services

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First Published 11, Jan 2019, 3:30 PM IST
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Alok Verma refuses take charge DG fire services after sacked CBI chief
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Alok Verma has informed the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) that he will not take charge as director general of fire services and home guard. His resignation comes after the government sacked him from the post of CBI chief on Thursday

New Delhi: Ousted CBI chief Alok Verma refused to take charge as the director general of fire services and home guards on Friday.

Verma has informed the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) that he will not take charge as director general of fire services and home guard.

Verma was sacked from his post of CBI chief on Thursday evening by the Narendra Modi government.

Below are excerpts from Verma’s letter to the DoPT
 

  • The selection committee has not provided the undersigned an opportunity to explain the details as recorded by the CVC before arriving at the decision. Natural justice was scuttled and the entire process was turned upside down in ensuring that the undersigned is removed from the post of the director of the CBI. The selection committee did not consider the fact that the entire CVC report is premised on charges alluded by a complainant who is presently under investigation by the CBI. It may be noted that the CVC only forwarded a purportedly signed statement of the complainant, and the complainant never came before Hon'ble Justice (Retd) AK Patnaik (supervising the inquiry). Also, Justice Patnaik has concluded that the findings/conclusions of the report are not his. 
     
  • Institutions are one of the strongest and most visible symbols of our democracy and it is no exaggeration that the CBI is one of the most important organisations in India today. The decisions made yesterday will not just be a reflection on my functioning but will become a testimony on how the CBI as an institution will be treated by any government through the CVC, who is appointed by majority members of the ruling government. This is a moment for collective introspection, to state the least. 
     
  • As a bureaucrat, it is the idea of my integrity that has been the driving force for four decades in public service. I have served the Indian Police Service with an unblemished record and have headed police forces in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Puducherry, Mizoram, Delhi and also headed two organisations Delhi prisons and the CBI. I have been lucky to have received the invaluable support from the forces that I have headed, which resulted in outstanding achievements, having a direct bearing on the performance of the force and their welfare. I would like to thank the Indian Police Service and especially the organisations that I have served. 
     
  • Also, it may be noted that the undersigned would have already superannuated as on July 31, 2017, and was only serving the government as director, CBI till January 31, 2019, as the same was a fixed tenure role. The undersigned is no longer the director. The undersigned has already crossed his superannuation age for DG Fire Services, Civil Defence & Home Guards. Accordingly, the undersigned may be deemed as superannuated with effect from today.
     

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