“This is a moment of collective introspection”: Alok Verma in his resignation letter, Read full text here

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Former CBI Director Alok Verma on Friday resigned from the service, refusing to accept his new appointment as the DG, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards. In his letter, addressed to the Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, Verma expressed his grave concerns over the manner in which the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led panel had removed him from his post.

Below is the full text of his resignation letter:

Dear Shri Chandramouli,

Subject reg. office order dated January 10 2019

Vide order dated 10th January 2019, the undersigned has been posted as the Director General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards and transferred out the Central Bureau of Investigation.

  1. The selection committee has not provided the undersigned an opportunity to explain the details as recorded by the 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 Director 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 Hon. Justice (Retd) AK Patnaik (supervising the inquiry). Also, Justice Patnaik has concluded that the findings/conclusions of the report are not his. 
  2. 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 decision 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’s appointed by majority members of the ruling government. This is a moment of collective introspection, to state the least.
  3. As a career bureaucrat, it is the idea of my integrity that has been the driving force for four decades in public service. 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 organisations Delhi Prison 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 their welfare. I would like to thank the Indian Police Service and especially the organisations that I have served.
  4. Also, 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 31, 2019, as the same was a fixed tenure role. The undersigned is no longer Director, CBI and has already crossed his superannuation age for DG, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards. Accordingly, the undersigned may be deemed as superannuated with effect from today. 

Thanking you,

Yours sincerely

Alok Kumar Verma

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