Alok Verma, who was removed as CBI director by the PM-led selection panel on Thursday, has resigned from the service, according to officials.
In his resignation letter Verma has said that it was a moment of “collective introspection”, according to news agency PTI.
“Also, it may be noted that the undersigned already superannuated as on July 31, 2017 and was only serving Government as director, CBI till January 31, 2019, as the same was fixed tenure role. The undersigned is no longer director, CBI and has already crossed the superannuation age for DG Fire Service, Civil Defence and Home Guards. Accordingly, the undersigned may be deemed as superannuated with effect from today,” Verma said in his letter to secretary, department of personnel and training.
The move came a day after the high-power Selection Committee, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, decided to remove him in view of an adverse report by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). Accordingly, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) issued an order appointing him head of the Fire Services , Civil Defence & Home Guards till January 31.
The same order appointed CBI Additional Director M. Nageswara Rao as interim Director till further notice. Mr. Rao, brought in after Mr. Verma was divested of his powers on the intervening night of October 23 and 24 last, resumed charge at 9 p.m. on Thursday.
Mr. Verma said the panel did not give him an opportunity to explain the details as recorded by the CVC. “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.”
”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,” Mr Verma said.
“The decisions made yesterday [Thursday] will not just be 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,” said Mr. Verma.
He said as a career bureaucrat, it was the idea of his integrity that had 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 CBI,” he added.