India’s first home secretary from J&K, Anil Goswami was sacked by Modi government. Reports said he was shown the door after the BJP government conclusively established his role in influencing CBI against the arrest of a former minister Matang Sinh, involved in the Saradha chit fund racket.
Senior J&K cadre IAS officer from 1977 batch and a resident of Jammu, Goswami was elevated to the top position by the UPA government for a two year tenure. Reports suggested that Congress heavyweight Ghulam Nabi Azad played a key role in his appointment. He was supposed to complete his tenure in July and retire.
However, Goswami’s was alleged to have rang up two CBI officers and suggested them exhibit caution because the accused was a former minister. Sinh, the minister, was finally arrested on January 31. Reports said the Home Minister Rajnath Singh had summoned the CBI director Anil Sinha and home secretary to listen both the versions. Later, Goswami was called by PMO and asked to put in his papers.
After being sacked, Goswami is reported to have resigned. Earlier, it was being suggested that Goswami being home secretary and supervising the security situation for Delhi elections, a decision on his role might be taken after the polls are over. But Modi government wanted to send a message and make it as early as possible.
Goswami is third senior bureaucrat who was removed well before they completed their two year tensures. Earlier Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and DRDO chief Avinash Chander were removed almost in the same fashion.