Friday, February 06, 2015

This theory says Anil Goswami’s removal as home secretary is result of IAS-IPS friction

Goswami (right) with outgoing home secretary RK Singh after taking charge
IN THE last couple of days, a theory that has been doing the rounds in the corridors is as follows: Former home secretary and 1978 batch IAS Anil Goswami’s removal has its origin in IAS-IPS fault-line. According to the theory, Goswami, who as union home secretary made many an IPS unhappy, was in fact trapped, and his conversation with Saradha scam accused Matang Sinh got recorded, a CD of which was handed over to the…
Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). According to an Indian Express story quoting unnamed sources, CBI officials recorded the conversation and the phone used was not of Sinh but of a CBI official. According to the story, Sinh resisted arrest flaunting his "contacts" in Delhi. The CBI officials then allowed Sinh to use the agency’s phone and when he called up Goswami and had a conversation, it was recorded. Goswami, who as home secretary used to decide whose phone was to be tapped, was caught unaware and his conversation got recorded.
According to a story published in The Hindustan Times on Friday, an enduring battle of supremacy between IAS and IPS lobbies may have cost Goswami his job. In the article titled, “Battle of supremacy: Anil Goswami sack exposes IAS-IPS faultlines”, it has been argued that the IPS lobby was annoyed with the working of the union home ministry, which decides the IPS promotions and appointments at the Centre.
An unnamed official quoted in that HT report said that Goswami was curtailing the working space for the IPS officers in key positions. And he was also going slow on their promotions.
The report gave example of two IPS officers — Renuka Mishra and Pankaj Kumar Singh – who were to join MHA as joint secretaries and deal with police matters. But one of them, Ms Mishra, could not even join the post as the file did not move properly.
The same report further said that many of the IPS officers were peeved at the way the home ministry created a gap of at least two years in promotion of IPS officers and their counterparts in the IAS of the same rank.
Understandably, many an IPS officer was unhappy with Goswami, but it’s not clear as yet whether that actually resulted into tapping of his conversation and depositing the recoded CD to the PMO.
But it's clear that only one of the Anils (the other being CBI director and 1979 batch IPS Anil Sinha) will remain at the top. 


  1. but trying to influence is incorrect, forget about inter cadre rivalries, the act as Home secretary is incorrect is it not ?

  2. Absolute powers without any accountability creating chaos in the system. it is time we should have standard operating procedure in each dept.

    Promote professionalism is essential and heading by generic bureaucratics will not help and motivate in the interest of the common people. it is time to remove discretion powers.

  3. Former union Home Secretary Anil Goswami’s influencing CBI investigation and arrest of Matang Sinh in connection with Saradha scam, was a grave misconduct.
    The following questions merit clarifications :--
    (a) Why was Goswami not proceeded against for grave misconduct under law of the land ?
    (b) Why was he not sacked through premature termination of contract of extension ,instead of being asked to resign ?
    (c)Why was he given a dignified exit by present dispensation despite dubious credentials ?
    (d) As a UPA-II appointee by the de facto PM ( Sonia Gandhi), he is reportedto have misused official position by influencing appointments at key positions in collusion with top MHA officers.
    (e)Is there no Rule of Law for treating officers by same yardsticks ?
    ( f) Why did Modi ji turn a blind eye to all these goings on without batting an eye lid ? He is known by his disciplined and straightforward approach towards bureaucracy.
    It is absurd to brush off the offence as arising out of the theory of IAS-IPS rivalry.This has sent wrong signals to one and all.

    A K Saxena (A retd civil servant)