Sacked IPS officer Samiullah Ansari has recently shot back a rejoinder before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) alleging that the Gujarat government indulged in “mud-slinging with mala fide intentions” against him by claiming that he “defrauded $18,000”, an amount which he never took.
Ansari produced a letter from the central government, which he claimed, proves that no such amount was ever released in his favour. Ansari also sought to withdraw a petition filed by his father-in-law, retired IAS officer SK Saiyed, on his behalf months before the Centre passed an order dated December 31, 2015, terminating his service as “deemed to resigned.”
The former IPS officer had moved the tribunal seeking voluntary retirement after the state government refused to do so on the ground that he did not complete 20 years of service to be qualified for the VRS. Ansari argued that following his termination order by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), his petition for voluntary retirement has become infructuous.
He said he filed the rejoinder because some claims made by the state government in its affidavit “are not true and made intentionally with mala fide motives with a view to scandalise the entire issue raised…”
Ansari also quoted a report that appeared in The Indian Express on December 1 last year based on the state government’s affidavit saying he “defrauded the state as he has misused public money to the tune of $18,000”. The state government claimed that amount was part of funding for foreign study under the central government scheme for pursuing PhD in Criminal Justice and Policy Making in North Eastern University, Boston.
The rejoinder said after learning about the allegation Ansari sent an e-mail to MHA officials, seeking their clarification. In response, P K Pattnaik, Joint Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Personnel and Training, replied that no fund was released in Ansari’s favour. His reply read, “However, as per the provisions of this scheme, the first year of the programme is treated as ‘on duty’ and the officer is entitled to draw full salary during this period.” A copy was marked to Nikhil Bhatt, under secretary in Gujarat government’s Home Department.
It was Bhatt who had filed the affidavit, claiming that Ansari defrauded the amount. Ansari also contended that he was not working as a professor in the Criminal Justice Department of Northeastern University as claimed by the state government. The rejoinder mentioned: “The teaching assignment that is being spoken of was actually a teaching assignment, which was part of the Ph.D course and can’t be treated as an independent assignment with the Northeastern University.” The state government had told the tribunal that it tracked Ansari through Google and Facebook posts, which stated that he was working as a faculty with the university, therefore, he was not deserving VRS benefits.