New Delhi: Alok Verma resigned from the Indian Police Service (IPS) on Friday, a day after being sacked as director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and, snubbing his selectors, turned down the post of director-general of fire services, civil defence and home guards.
Verma, who was to retire on 31 January, was removed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection panel over integrity issues. His premature retirement will have no bearing on any prosecution that may be initiated against him in an ongoing probe into bribery and corruption charges, a former CBI official said.
Alok Verma declines new posting, resigns from IPS
“Alok Verma can be prosecuted and chargesheeted anytime. Till four years after retirement, he can be departmentally tried for wrongdoings. So he did not resign to skirt investigation. He just had 15 days left for superannuation and it hardly makes a difference whether he retires now or then. Taking up the office of DG fire services made no sense at all,” said the former official, who is familiar with the developments.
Verma, who was removed as CBI director and made DG fire services on Thursday, handed over his resignation to the department of personnel and training (DoPT).
While the selection panel had referred to the central vigilance commission’s (CVC) report which mentioned that there was “evidence of taking of bribe of ₹2 crore” and that there is a prima facie case against him, officials at CBI said no investigation had been ordered against Verma yet.
While Verma’s retirement benefits remain intact despite his resignation, in his letter to DoPT, Verma said that even though he had technically superannuated on 31 July 2017, he was serving a two-year fixed tenure as the CBI director till 31 January 2019.
With Verma no longer serving as the agency chief he wrote, “the undersigned may be deemed as superannuated with effect from today (Friday)”.
Verma, in his letter, also hit out at the selection panel and, without naming him, indicated that special director Rakesh Asthana provided the sole testimony that became instrumental in his removal.
“The selection committee has not provided an opportunity to explain the details as recorded by the CVC…the entire report is premised on charges alluded by a complainant who is presently under investigation by the CBI…. The decisions made yesterday (Thursday) 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,” Verma said in his letter.
On Friday, within hours of resuming control as interim CBI director, M. Nageswara Rao reversed all the transfer orders issued by Verma on Wednesday and Thursday.