Transferred CBI SP Accuses Interim Chief of Acting Out of Malice
The CBI SP claimed that action against him was because he had complained about Rao’s misconduct to Alok Verma.
A CBI SP transferred within five months of his posting has accused the agency's interim chief M Nageshwar Rao of acting out of "malice and prejudice" at the "expense of institutional and public interests".
He claimed that the action against him was due to the fact that he had complained about Rao's misconduct to the then CBI Director Alok Verma.
Seeking review of his transfer from Anti-Corruption Branch in Delhi to Ghaziabad training academy, Superintendent of Police T Rajah Balaji has questioned the "mass transfers" done by Rao as "Director in-charge".
When sought a reaction, CBI Spokesperson Nitin Wakankar said the representation from Balaji about his transfer has not yet been received in the office of the director.
Wakankar said appropriate action will be taken once the representation is received.
"As and when it is received through proper channel, appropriate action as per rules will be taken. It may further be mentioned that Rajah Balaji has been transferred to Ghaziabad which is the part of the NCR only," he said.
Balaji Was Transferred on 21 January
Additional Director Rao was given duties and responsibilities of CBI director after a high-level committee transferred Verma as DG Fire Services on 10 January.
After assuming duty, Rao ordered mass transfers in the agency from the ranks of joint directors to ASPs. No justifications were given for the exercise.
Balaji, who was transferred in a late night order on 21 January, said he was given the posting in New Delhi by Verma on humanitarian grounds on 1 August 2018 so that his mother-in-law, a cancer patient undergoing treatment at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, can be taken care of.
He said this is the fourth time within two years that he has been transferred. He added that the Minister of Urban Development and Housing Affairs allotted him accommodation in East Kidwai Nagar which is close to AIIMS.
“It is a known fact that I had complained about your misconduct to the then Director CBI on 11 March 2017 and subsequently when you had served me with a memo, your misconduct was set out in more explicit terms by me vide letter 2 May 2017, and, now you have abused your official position to service your personal sleepless malice and prejudice against me at the expense of institutional and public interests.”T Rajah Balaji
In his letter, which is also part of his petition to the Central Administrative Tribunal, Balaji said the post of director cannot be used for any purpose other than institutional and public interests.
He said the transfer order does not offer any reasons.
"It is a known fact in the public domain that the three-member high committee is to meet on 24 January 2019 to select the next director, CBI, and as a matter of propriety, it was incumbent and necessary in your capacity as only director-in-charge not to go on a spree of mass transfers of various officers from the level of joint directors to additional superintendents of police, and resort to any necessary transfer only on rational grounds that merit such a course in public interest," he said in his letter dated 22 January.
The meeting of the high-level committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge to select the new CBI chief remained inconclusive on 24 January.
A new date of the meeting is yet to be decided.
‘Transfer Order is Plainly Irrational’
Balaji said his transfer order is "plainly irrational" because as director in-charge, no review or inspection of the branches has been carried out by Rao to deduce why such mass transfers were necessary.
“I request you on purely humanitarian grounds in the hope that you can truly make a start to redeem your humanity. It is never late in life to become a good man again. Trust me. Trust the better part of your heart. No More, no less.”T Rajah Balaji to Rao
The post of the CBI chief has been lying vacant since 10 January after the exit of Verma, who was engaged in a bitter fight with Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana over corruption charges against each other.
Verma, after being removed from the post of CBI director, was named as the Director General of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards – a less significant portfolio. He did not accept the offer and wrote to the government, saying he should be considered as deemed superannuated as he has completed 60 year age of superannuation.
(This story has been edited for clarity.)
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