Sacked CBI Chief Alok Verma may face action for defying MHA directions; puts pension benefits at stake

Sacked CBI Chief Alok Verma is likely to face action for failing to join as DG Fire Services on January 31, the day of his superannuation, and this may include suspension of pensionary benefits, sources told. Earlier, Union Home Ministry had on January 30 directed Ousted CBI Boss Verma to join the post of DG Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards.

You are directed to join the post of DG, Fire Services, Civil Defence & Home Guards immediately’ directed MHA letter to Alok Verma.

According to the officials, this non-compliance of the directive amounted to a violation of service rules for all India services officers. As per MHA officials, Verma likely to face departmental action as he did not take up the new assignment as directed.

In response to the MHA Letter, Alok Verma had maintained that he stands superannuated from the post of Director, CBI from January 10, 2019 evening.

In his response to RS Vaidya, Deputy Secretary in the home ministry, Verma said his date of birth from the official records is July 14, 1957, which implies that date of superannuation was July 31, 2017.

“The undersigned has already crossed the age of 61 years and continued to serve even after his superannuation date as Director, CBI which is a tenure post for a period of two years,” Verma wrote in a letter accessed by PTI.

As he had attained the age of superannuation from government service on July 31, 2017, and crossed the superannuation age for DG Fire Services, Civil Defence & Home Guards, he wanted to be superannuated from the day he was moved out of CBI.

The Home Ministry’s Letter to sacked Alok Verma was in response to a request by him to consider him superannuated from January 11 after he was moved out of the post of CBI Director by the high-power selection committee chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 10.

Former CBI Chief Alok Verma in a letter to Secretary Department of Personnel and Training earlier this month had asserted that ‘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’

Former CBI Director was sacked from his post on January 10 by a high powered panel headed by PM Narendra Modi, and other members of the high powered committee include – Justice Sikri and Congress Leader Mallikarjun Kharge. The Panel posted Alok Verma as Director General Fire Service, Civil Defence, and Home Guards. However, Verma a day after being sacked tendered his resignation from the assigned post and said, ” Natural Justice was scuttled”.

Mallikarjun Kharge, representing the Opposition in the Panel was the only member in the high powered committee who gave a dissent note on the decision to sack Verma.

Alok Verma was sacked days after he was reinstated by the Supreme Court that set aside the CVC order. The Centre had in October last taken a decision against Verma and CBI’s Special Director Rakesh Asthana after their feud become public as they made allegations of corruption against each other. Following which, Alok Verma had moved to top Court sought to quash of three orders of October 23, 2018 — one by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and two by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

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