|Goswami (right) with outgoing home secretary RK Singh after taking charge|
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.