NEW DELHI: Alok Verma, who was removed as CBI director by the PM-led selection panel on Thursday, has resigned from the service, according to officials.

In his resignation letter Verma has said that it was a moment of “collective introspection”, according to news agency PTI.

“Also, it may be noted that the undersigned already superannuated as on July 31, 2017 and was only serving Government as director, CBI till January 31, 2019, as the same was fixed tenure role. The undersigned is no longer director, CBI and has already crossed the superannuation age for DG Fire Service, Civil Defence and Home Guards. Accordingly, the undersigned may be deemed as superannuated with effect from today,” Verma said in his letter to secretary, department of personnel and training.

PM-led selection panel removes Alok Verma as CBI chief

The high-powered selection panel headed by PM Narendra Modi on Thursday decided to remove Alok Verma as the chief of CBI. Verma, a 1979-batch AGMUT cadre IPS officer, has been removed from the post on charges of corruption and dereliction of duty making him the first chief in the history of the agency to face such action.

Verma, a 1979-batch IPS officer from AGMUT cadre, was transferred from the position of CBI Director to Director General, Fire Service, Civil Defence and Home Guards under the home ministry Thursday.

Alok Verma had claimed that he was transferred on the basis of

“false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations”
made by only one person who was inimical to him.

In a statement late last night, Verma had said that the CBI being a prime investigating agency dealing in corruption in high public places is an institution whose independence should be preserved and protected.

Meanwhile, interim CBI director M Nageswara Rao today reverted all transfer decisions taken by Alok Verma restoring the position of officials as on January 8, officials said.

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(With inputs from PTI)