Ousted CBI director Alok Verma may face departmental action for defying govt order, say MHA officials

Verma, a former Delhi Police Commissioner, was first moved out of the investigative agency by the government in October, 2018, on the recommendation of the CVC, but was reinstated by the Supreme Court on 9 January.

Press Trust of India January 31, 2019 20:34:36 IST
Ousted CBI director Alok Verma may face departmental action for defying govt order, say MHA officials
  • MHA had directed Verma to take charge as DG of the Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards on Thursday

  • Verma had contended that he had crossed the superannuation age for DG Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards

  • He said that he would serve the government as CBI director until 31 January, 2019 as it was a fixed tenure role

New Delhi: Ousted Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma may face departmental action for defying a government order asking him to join as chief of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards, officials said on Thursday.

According to the officials, this non-compliance of the directive amounted to violation of service rules for all India services officers.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had directed Verma to take charge as director general of the Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards on Thursday, the day of his superannuation.

Ousted CBI director Alok Verma may face departmental action for defying govt order say MHA officials

File photo of ex-CBI director Alok Verma. PTI

"As Verma did not take up the new assignment as directed, he is likely to face departmental action which may include suspension of pensionary benefits," home ministry officials said.

Attempts to reach Verma for his comment did not fructify.

In a letter sent to Verma Wednesday, the MHA said, "You are directed to join the post of DG, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards immediately" which was seen as rejection of his letter addressed to Secretary Department of Personnel earlier this month in which he wrote that he should be deemed to have retired from the services on 31 July, 2017, the day he completed his 60 years.

Verma had contended that he had crossed the superannuation age for DG Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards and he wanted to be treated as having superannuated from the day he was moved out of the CBI.

He said that he "was only serving the government as CBI director until 31 January, 2019 as it was a fixed tenure role". The tenure of CBI director is fixed for two years.

Verma, a former Delhi Police Commissioner, was first moved out of the investigative agency by the government in October, 2018, on the recommendation of the CVC, but was reinstated by the Supreme Court on 9 January.

After the Supreme Court order, a high-powered panel, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with a majority of 2:1, asked Verma to join the residual term of the CBI director as DG Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards.

The prime minister and Justice AK Sikri, the nominee of CJI Ranjan Gogoi, had favoured removal of Verma while the third member of the committee - leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge had opposed the move.

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