In a setback to IPS officer Samiullah Ansari, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has terminated his service, stating that his absence for the past five years from the duty should be treated as “deemed to have resigned”.
This is the second incident in the past two years when an IPS officer was asked to leave the service due to his alleged unauthorised leave. The other IPS officer was Himanshu Bhatt, who was asked to quit in 2014. Interestingly, both the officers had left Gujarat following the 2002 riots.
Bhatt was SP of Banaskantha district, while Ansari was DCP (Traffic) of Ahmedabad city when the riots broke out.
The Indian Express had reported on December 29 that the MHA had refused voluntary retirement scheme to Ansari and held that he was on an unauthorised leave from September 2010.
The MHA’s reply filed before the Central Administrative Tribunal on December 10 stated that Ansari is “only trying in one way or another to prolong the eventuality of his deemed resignation”. The reply was based on a petition moved by Ansari after his VRS plea was rejected by the state government.
The 1992-batch Gujarat cadre officer had joined IIM-Bangalore to pursue a one-year course soon after the riots.