Alok Verma Quits Accusing Natural Justice Denied To Him By High Powered Panel That Removed Him

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New Delhi: Alok Verma has quit without spending even a day at work as director general of fire services, civil defence and home guards. He has used  his resignation letter addressed to C Chandramouli, secretary in the ministry of personnel, to complain bitterly that he had been denied “natural justice” by a high-level panel that removed him from the helm of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) one day ago based on a report by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) .

It was an unceremonious exit for the Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, who was stripped of his powers as CBI director and sent on forced leave by the government on the intervening night of October 23-24, reinstated conditionally by the Supreme Court on January 9 and two days later ousted from the agency and reassigned to the new job by the three-member selection committee, headed by the Prime Minister, which chooses the CBI chief.

“The Selection Committee has not provided the undersigned an opportunity to explain the details as recorded by the CVC before arriving at the decision,” Verma wrote in his resignation letter. “Natural Justice was scuttled and the entire process was turned upside down in ensuring that the undersigned is removed from the post of Director, CBI.”

Verma, 61, was to retire on January 31, 2019 from his fixed-tenure, two-year stint as CBI chief although he would have retired on July 31, 2017 in the normal course. He noted in his letter that he was no longer CBI director and had already crossed the superannuation age for the role to which he had been shifted. “Accordingly, the undersigned may be deemed as superannuated with effect from today,” Verma concluded.

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