RVS Mani — the former home ministry officer who drafted the first affidavit in the Ishrat Jahan case in 2009 — wants to quit his job over fears that he would be implicated in a fake case.
The officer, who is presently posted in the land and development office of the Union urban development (UD) ministry had on Monday applied for voluntary retirement.
His lawyer KB Singh said that Mani has been handed out a memo and his explanation sought in four other cases over the last few months, a development which was not a coincidence and aimed at hounding the officer.
“Mr Mani has been in the ministry for over two years now. But it is only since June that explanations are being sought from him for decisions he has taken. It is a deliberate attempt to victimize him,” his lawyer said.
On August 7, Mani was served a showcause notice by Mahmood Ahmed, L&DO officer for failing to resolve a property dispute.
He has been given seven days time to respond failing which displinary action would be initiated against him.
The urban development ministry is yet to take a call on Mani’s voluntary retirement application. “I am yet to see the letter,” said urban development secretary Sudhir Krishna.
Mani’s lawyer also alleged that his client fears further vindictive action against him. Mani has five years of service left in the government.