A day after he was stripped off his charge — even as he was accompanying Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his SAARC visit to Kathmandu — Special Protection Group’s director K Durga Prasad on Wednesday said he “was very much in the loop” about the order and that there was “absolutely no question” of him leaving his charge midway during the tour.
Speaking to The Indian Express from Kathmandu, the SPG chief said, “There is absolutely no question of me relinquishing the charge midway this tour. I will be doing that once I come back to the country.” Prasad is returning from Kathmandu on Thursday.
“The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has directed that the charge of director of SPG may be looked after by the next senior-most officer till the appointment of a suitable successor,” a government statement said on November 25.
With Prasad in the middle of the SAARC visit, the order had raised many eyebrows. “My term got over long back. I was very much in the loop. I knew that an order to this effect was coming. Just that its timing was not known,” the SPG chief said.
Prasad also laughed off insinuations about this sudden order having something to do with the recent RTI filed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wife Jashodaben seeking details of the SPG cover that has been deployed to guard her. “This has nothing to do with it,” Prasad said.
Asked as to why the DoPT order announcing his removal was not marked to him, Prasad said, “I get my orders from the Cabinet Secretariat and not the DoPT. I am told an order from the Cabinet Secretariat to this effect is being issued.”
A 1981-batch Andhra Pradesh cadre IPS officer, Prasad had joined as SPG chief on November 2, 2011. His term got over on November 2 and he was learnt to have been told to continue till a replacement was appointed. S S Chaturvedi, the next senior-most officer, is likely to be in charge till a successor is appointed.