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Alok Verma refused to take charge as the DG of Fire Services after being ousted as the CBI Director by PM Modi-led high committee on Thursday, barely 48 hours after he was reinstated by the Supreme Court.
The committee said he "had not acted with the integrity expected of him". Refusing to take any new assignment, Verma wrote to the DoPT of Secretary, saying "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."
Former CBI Chief Alok Verma in a letter to Secy Dept of Personnel and Training:It may be noted that the undersigned would have already superannuated as on July 31, 2017 and was only serving the Government as Director, CBI till January 3, 2019, as the same was a fixed tenure role. pic.twitter.com/iMRxwWOgUl— ANI (@ANI) January 11, 2019
Verma was removed just two days after the Supreme Court reinstated him as CBI chief. In October, he had been sent on forced leave by the government in a midnight swoop in which officers of his team were transferred and an interim director took over.
Verma challenged the decision in the Supreme Court, arguing that he had a fixed two-year tenure and only the PM-led selection panel could remove him.
The court canceled the government's order but said the selection panel must decide on his status, based on a vigilance report on allegations of bribery raised by his number two officer, Rakesh Asthana.
All transfers and reshuffles initiated by former CBI chief Alok Verma were nullified by interim chief Nageshwar Rao. Alok Verma, on his return to work three months after being sent on forced leave by the government in a midnight swoop, took a series of controversial decisions and he canceled the transfers of 10 officers and transferred five others.
Those who had been transferred included DIG Tarun Gabha and joint director V Murugesan. While Gabha was given additional charge of the team that was probing the case against special CBI director Rakesh Asthana, Murugesan was to supervise the team.
Other officers who had been transferred were joint director Ajay Bhatnagar, additional director AK Sharma and DIG MK Sinha. These officers were investigating Asthana at the time the government sent Verma on leave. Verma had also canceled the transfer of officers considered to be his loyalists.