11/01/2019 3:34 PM IST | Updated 11/01/2019 4:12 PM IST

Ex-CBI Boss Alok Verma Resigns, Refuses To Take Over As Fire Services Chief

Alok Verma said, in his resignation letter, that it was a moment of “collective introspection”.

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Alok Verma on Friday refused to take over as the Director General of Fire Service, Civil Defence and Home Guards, a day after he was ousted from the CBI by a high-powered selection committee.

According to PTI, he has also resigned from service.

Verma said in his resignation letter, accessed by PTI, that it was a moment of “collective introspection”.

Verma informed the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) that he will not take charge as director general of fire services and home guard, according to India Today.

In a letter to the Secretary DoPT, Chandramouli C, Verma said, “The selection committee has not provided the undersigned an opportunity to explain the details as recorded by the CVC before arriving at the decision,” The Indian Express reported.

Verma on Thursday said that he was transferred on the basis of “false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations” made by only one person, who was inimical to him.

He was transferred as the Director General Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards, two days after Supreme Court reinstated him as the CBI chief.

He has been replaced by M Nageshwar Rao as interim director till government finds next director for the agency, a government order said Thursday.

Rao assumed charge of the agency on Thursday at 9 pm, an internal order of the CBI said.

Breaking his silence, Verma in a statement to PTI said that the CBI, being a prime investigating agency dealing with corruption in high public places, is an institution whose independence should be preserved and protected.

“It must function without external influences. I have tried to uphold the integrity of the institution while attempts were being made to destroy it. The same can be seen from the orders of the central government and the CVC dated 23 October, 2018 which were without jurisdiction and were set aside,” he said.

(With PTI inputs)