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Former CBI Director Alok Verma fails to join new post, puts pension at stake

Since the former CBI chief failed to take up his posting on the last day of what would be his extended tenure, he might be subjected to possible departmental action for unauthorised absence in violation of service rules, which at the post-retirement stage could entail pension cuts.

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 1 Feb 2019 6:23 AM GMT

Former CBI Director Alok Verma fails to join new post, puts pension at stake
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Former CBI Director Alok Verma fails to join new post, puts pension at stake
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New Delhi: Former CBI director Alok Verma did not join his fresh posting as director general, fire services, civil defence and home guards, despite directions from the home ministry to do so, thereby putting his post-retirement benefits at risk.

The DG, fire services, posting was given to him after his removal as head of CBI on January 10. Verma declined to take up his posting, arguing he had actually superannuated in 2017 and was in service only because of the two-year tenure given to the CBI director. The Centre, however, has concluded there is no "deemed retirement" and there must be a resignation or completion of service.

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Since the former CBI chief failed to take up his posting on the last day of what would be his extended tenure, he might be subjected to possible departmental action for unauthorised absence in violation of service rules, which at the post-retirement stage could entail pension cuts.

"Verma's unauthorised absence as DG, Fire Services, leaves the authorities free to order a departmental inquiry and issue him a show-cause notice. A charge sheet may be served on him and disciplinary proceedings initiated. Since he has now superannuated, penalty may be in form of a pension cut depending on what the disciplinary authority recommends in consultation with UPSC," said an officer. Until such departmental enquiry is concluded, pension to Verma is likely to be withheld.

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Sources say likely departmental proceedings on grounds of Verma's unauthorised absence from his last posting may be added to the departmental inquiry by CVC based on its report of "serious misconduct" against Verma.

CVC, in a report submitted to Supreme Court in November 2018, stated Verma deliberately excluded the name of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation director Rakesh Saxena from an FIR in a case of corruption involving political authority. This, the CVC said, "amounts to a serious misconduct and warrants disciplinary and other actions", apart from partially confirming other allegations.

On Wednesday, the home ministry rejected Verma's plea that he be deemed as superannuated in view of his removal from the post of CBI director. It told him to "immediately" join the post he was appointed to 20 days back. However, Verma did not show up at the R K Puram office of DG, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards either on Thursday or on any previous days which amounts to "unauthorised absence" notwithstanding his pending request to be deemed as superannuated.

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According to a senior government functionary, there is no provision for "deemed" superannuation or retirement in the service rules. "As part of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement-Benefits) Rules, an officer's superannuation date gets extended the moment he is appointed to a post carrying fixed tenure, till the end of such tenure."

The official said if an officer cannot complete his fixed term, he can either opt for voluntary retirement and resign or be transferred to another post for the remainder of the term. "Once the officer is given a new posting, he must either join or apply for leave. Until such plea is accepted, the officer must continue to attend office," he said.

Meanwhile Alok's absence from the office has created much hype in the bureaucracy as officials are strongly retaliating his move , calling it an act of disobedience.

Saima Siddiqui

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