NEW DELHI: Sacked CBI director Alok Verma on Friday refused to take charge as chief of fire services and resigned from service, a day after a PM-led panel wielded the axe. The majority view in the panel that also had Justice Sikri and Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge, supported the CVC’s position that sought his exit for his alleged questionable integrity.
“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,” Verma claimed.
In his resignation letter, Verma said he had an untarnished record. “The decisions made 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,” he said.
In the normal course, he would have superannuated on July 31 last year, but was serving as CBI director till January 31, because of the fixed two-year tenure, he pointed out, requesting he may be deemed as superannuated with effect from Friday.
Verma was forced to go just two days after the Supreme Court reinstated him saying any decision on the CBI director’s transfer or suspension before he completes his fixed tenure could be taken only by the selection committee comprising the prime minister, leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and the Chief Justice of India.
The Centre, in October last, had sent Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana on forced leave for trading allegations of corruption against each other.
Asthana not out of the woods
While CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana had the last laugh, with boss Alok Verma putting in his papers, the Delhi HC refused to quash an FIR lodged against Asthana at Verma’s behest and set a 10-week deadline to complete the investigations