Alok Verma resigns, refuses to take charge as DG of Fire Services

“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 3, 2019, as the same was a fixed tenure role”.
Alok VermA

New Delhi, Jan 11: Former CBI Director Alok Verma on Friday resigned, a day after he was transferred from the post by a high-level committee chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Verma, who was transferred as Director General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards, refused to take up the new job and instead sent his resignation to the government.

He wrote a letter to Secy Department of Personnel and Training saying “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 3, 2019, as the same was a fixed tenure role”.

“The undersigned is no longer Director,CBI and has already crossed his superannuation age for DG Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards.The undersigned may be deemed as superannuated with effect from today”, he added.

“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”, he said in a statement.

Verma, who was transferred within 48 hours after rejoining as CBI Director, last night said that the corruption charges made against him were on the basis of false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations made by only one person.

He was removed from the post following a 2-1 decision by the high-level Selection Committee which included Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leader of the largest opposition group in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Justice A.K. Sikri.

At the meeting, Justice Sikri sided with the government that Verma should be dismissed from the post on the basis of the findings of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), which went into the corruptions allegations levelled against him.

Meanwhile Kharge, who gave a dissent note, opposed the decision.

Verma was sent on leave by the Centre on the intervening night of October 23-24.

Following this on January 8, the apex court reinstated the 1979-batch IPS officer as the CBI Director on grounds that the government cannot transfer or alter the duties of the Central Bureau of Investigation chief without going to the Selection Committee.

Soon after the meeting, Alok Verma was appointed Director General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards till January 31 when his tenure would end.

The government also reappointed M. Nageswara Rao, Additional Director, CBI to look after the duties of the Director.

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