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Alok Verma quits govt service, says justice scuttled in his case

Alok Verma quits govt 
service, says justice 
scuttled in his case

New Delhi
Ousted CBI Director Alok Verma on Friday quit government service after he was unceremoniously removed as the agency chief on Thursday by a Prime Minister-led Committee, capping a saga of his battle with his deputy Rakesh Asthana that led to a bitter end to his long career.
In a strongly-worded letter to Personnel Secretary Chandramouli C. he said the Selection Committee, which decided to remove him as CBI chief on Thursday night, did not provide him an opportunity to explain the details as recorded by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) before arriving at the decision.
“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 of 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. It may be noted that the CVC only forwarded a purportedly signed statement of the complainant and the complainant never came before retired Justice A.K. Patnaik (supervising the enquiry). Also, Justice Patnaik has concluded that the findings/conclusions of the report are not his,” Verma said in the letter.
The 62-year-old Verma, whose two-year tenure as CBI Director was to end on January 31, said institutions are one of the strongest and visible symbols of Indian democracy and it is no exaggeration that the CBI is one of the most important organisation in India today.
“The decisions made yesterday 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.
Verma, who was shifted on Thursday to the post of Director General of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards and refused to take it up, said as a career bureaucrat it was the idea of his integrity that has been the driving force for four decades.
“I have served the Indian Police Service with an unblemished record and have headed police forces in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Puducherry, Mizoram, Delhi and also headed two organisation - Delhi Prisons and CBI.
“I have been lucky to have received the invaluable support from the forces that I have headed, which resulted in outstanding achievements having a direct bearing on the performance of the force and the welfare. I would like to thank the Indian Police Service and specially the organisations that I have served,” he said.