Govt rejects Alok Verma’s resignation, asks him to rejoin work for a day

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New Delhi: The Union government rejected former CBI Director Alok Verma’s resignation from service and asked him to rejoin work as the Director General (DG) of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards, the post Verma was transferred to after being removed from the post of CBI Director.

In a letter to Verma, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said, “You are directed to join the post of DG, Fire Services, Civil Defence & Home Guards immediately until his retirement date”.  This would mean that Verma joins for a day today, which is his retirement date (January 31).

It is worthwhile to mention here that Verma was removed from the post of Director of the top investigating agency of the country on January 10 by the Selection Committee comprising the Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition and Justice A K Sikri, nominee of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi.

Verma was given the charge of Director General (DG) of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards. However, as a protest against the decision of the Selection Committee, he had resigned from his services on January 11.

The CBI hit headlines for an intra-agency feud that involved its top two officers Director Alok Verma and his No. 2 Special Director Rakesh Asthana. While the Alok Verma-led CBI booked Rakesh Asthana in a case of corruption, Asthana in turn wrote to the government, accusing CBI chief Alok Verma of taking bribes.

Following the Alok Verma-Rakesh Asthana feud, the government was forced to intervene in the matter and had sent Verma on a forced leave. Later, the Supreme Court brought him back to the post of CBI Director before the Selection Committee appointed him as Director General (DG) of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards.

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