- Alok Verma refused to take office as DG Fire Services
- Nageshwar Rao reversed transfer orders issued by Alok Verma
- Delhi HC dismiss Rakesh Asthana's plea to quash FIR against him
In an unprecedented series of event, a night after the select committee removed Alok Verma from the post of CBI Director, Verma submitted his resignation today.
The former CBI chief was due for retirement on January 31.
After 39 years of service, Alok Verma, who was asked by the select committee to join as DG of Fire Services, Home Guards and Civil Defence, refused to take charge and resigned.
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.
- Alok Verma in his resignation letter
On Thursday evening, the high power select committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and Justice AK Sikri decided to removed Alok Verma from the post of CBI Director, two days after he was reinstated to the post by the Supreme Court on January 8.
Movement for collective introspection: Alok Verma
In his , Verma hit out at the government for compromising the independence of the CBI.
In the letter, the 1979 batch officer said that "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."
The letter also reads, "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 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."
"As a career 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 & Nicobar Islands, Puducherry, Mizoram, Delhi and also headed two organisations Delhi Prisons and the CBI." the letter added.
Verma's orders undone
Meanwhile, acting director Nageshwar Rao issued by Alok Verma on January 9 and January 10. Alok Verma, upon being reinstated, had nullified and reversed Rao orders in which 13 officials were transferred on October 24.
All's not well for Asthana
The present senior most officer of the agency, Rakesh Asthana was dealt a major blow by the Delhi High Court after his petition to quash the FIR lodged against him by his own agency was . The High Court also directed the CBI to complete the investigation within 10 weeks and extended the interim protection from arrest for the next two weeks. Asthana may move Supreme Court against the High Court's decision.