Govt accepts Kejriwal`s resignation after 6 years

Government has finally accepted the resignation of Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal from the Indian Revenue Service.

Updated: Dec 20, 2011, 17:49 PM IST

New Delhi: Government has finally accepted
the resignation of Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal from the
Indian Revenue Service (IRS), almost six years after he quit
the job.

The acceptance of resignation came 45 days after Kejriwal
deposited over Rs nine lakh as dues to settle the issue.

"The government has finally accepted my resignation from
the Income Tax Department. I received the letter on Tuesday,"
Kejriwal told PTI. He had quit the IRS in February 2006.

Kejriwal, who was a Joint Commissioner in IT Department
when he quit, had earlier said he will fight in court to
retrieve the money he had paid as dues.

He had on November three submitted a cheque of over Rs
9,27,787 along with a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,
asking him not to trouble his six friends who had given him an
interest-free loan to settle his dues.

The 43-year-old activist, a 1995-batch IRS officer, had
decided to settle the dues in an attempt to blunt attacks by
his detractors.

Government has claimed that he had violated bond rules by
quitting the service before completing mandatory three years
of service after going on a study leave on full pay. However,
Kejriwal said he took non-paid leave and quit the service
after serving bond conditions.

Kejriwal had taken study leave on full pay for two years
from November 1, 2000 after signing a bond that he would
return the salary if he resigns or retires or fails to resume
duty within three years of his study leave. He rejoined on
November 1, 2002 but took non-paid leave after 18 months.

Government argued that taking leave after 18 months was
violation of bond conditions but this was contested by
Kejriwal who claimed that he did not "violate" any bond
provisions and resigned from the job after the stipulated
three years of rejoining duty following his study leave.

The Office of the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (CCIT)
had on August five issued notice to Kejriwal asking him to
pay Rs 9.27 lakh, which Kejriwal and other Team Anna members
had termed as an action of the government`s "dirty tricks
department" under instructions from political bosses.

Kejriwal had said he has been trying to convince the
government for the past five years that he has not committed
any wrong.

The Income Tax department had set October 27 as the
deadline for him to pay the dues but he had failed to comply
with it, saying he needed more time to consult his friends to
take a final decision on the matter. He finally cleared the
dues on November 3.

PTI