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Alok Verma quits as IPS, says this is a moment for collective introspection

In a strongly worded resignation letter he criticised the way he has been treated by the present dispensation

Friday January 11, 2019 7:32 PM, ummid.com News Network

Alok Verma Quits IPS

New Delhi: Hours after being sacked as CBI Chief, Alok Verma quit IPS, refusing to take charge as Director General Fire Service, Civil Defence and Home Guards - his new posting.

In a strongly worded resignation letter he criticised the way he has been treated by the present dispensation, saying this is a moment for collective introspection.

"The decision 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", Verma said.

Verma was sacked as CBI Chief only two days after the Supreme Court of India reinstated to the post. His removal came after a meeting of 3-member selection committee headed by Prime Minister Modi.

"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 CBI", Verma wrote in his resignation letter.

"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", he added.

"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.) A.K. Patnaik (supervising the enquiry). Also, Justice Patnaik has concluded that the findings/ conclusions of the report are not his", Verma wrote.

Alok Verma, a 1979-batch AGMUT cadre IPS officer, was supposed to retire on January 31, 2019. He was however unceremonially removed as CBI Director Thursday.

"The undersigned is no longer Director, CBI and 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", Verma wrote in his resignation letter.

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