This Article is From Feb 05, 2015

New Home Secretary Takes Charge After Removal of Anil Goswami

New Home Secretary Takes Charge After Removal of Anil Goswami

New Home Secretary LC Goyal takes charge at his office at North Block in New Delhi (Press Trust of India photo)

New Delhi:

LC Goyal took over today as India's new home secretary, in place of Anil Goswami, who was asked to go on Wednesday night for interfering in CBI investigations against a politician.

Mr Goyal, the former rural development ministry secretary, has been a joint secretary in the ministry during the previous UPA regime.

The government asked Anil Goswami to resign after he admitted to making a telephone call to the CBI on behalf of Congress leader Matang Sinh, who was arrested last week in the Saradha chit fund case.

Mr Goswami was left with no choice, sources said, as he confronted an unhappy Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the possibility of an unceremonious sacking before his two-year tenure was to end in July.

After being briefed on the controversy by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, PM Modi decided to take a tough stand in a 90-minute meeting with officials, sources said. Mr Goswami was asked to explain his actions - first to the home minister and then to the Prime Minister's Office.

The home ministry has said that Anil Goswami has taken voluntary retirement from service.
Sources in the PM's Office said the official's removal is meant to send out a clear message that the Modi government is ready to back bureaucrats but not those crossing the line.

Matang Sinh, a former junior home minister, was arrested last week in the Saradha ponzi scheme in which thousands of small investors in Bengal and Odisha were cheated out of their savings.

The CBI alleges there were large, unexplained transactions worth Rs. 30 crore between Mr Sinh and Saradha, which need investigation.

Anil Goswami is the third top official to be removed this year. Last week, the government sacked Sujatha Singh as Foreign Secretary, seven months before her retirement, and replaced her with S Jaishankar, the former US envoy.

Before that, top missile scientist Avinash Chander was removed as chief of India's Defence Research and Development Organization.