Senior IPS officer and former director of the CBI Alok Kumar Verma had finally put in his papers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had shunted him out despite the cover provided by the Supreme Court. The selection committee headed by Prime Minister had removed him from the CBI director post with 2:1 vote as two members supporting and Congress member opposing the move.
The Prime Minister was able to get the support from Supreme Court senior judge Justice Sikri to show the doors for Verma. The senior IPS officer was shunted to the fire services wing, the most insignificant job for Verma.
On his part, Verma had sent his resignation to the government not accepting the new post. He said the government had not given him a chance to present his version to the allegations or the reasons shown for his removal from the office of the CBI director. He found such an attitude by the government is a threat to the institutions in democracy.
“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 decisions made yesterday (January 10, 2019) 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,” Alok Verma said in his resignation letter.
He found the government’s decision to shift him from the CBI to the fire services was unhealthy practice in democracy as he was already retired on July 31, 2017 and is on extension as CBI director, which is a fixed tenure. He had sent his resignation letter to C Chandramouli, secretary of the department of personnel and training with a request to accept his resignation with immediate effect.