Ask Modi on Removal of UHS: Rajnath

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New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday said that the Centre’s decision to remove L C Goyal from the post of Union Home Secretary in August and deflected queries about the move to the Prime Minister, not to me. The Home Minister was speaking to reporters during a pre-Diwali interaction at North Block.

Asked why Goyal’s tenure as Home Secretary was cut short abruptly, Singh said, “I don’t know. Ask the Prime Minister.”Asked specifically whether he was kept out of the loop in Goyal’s removal, Singh said, “No, it’s not like that bureaucrats come and go.”

On August 31, then Finance Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, who was due to retire that day, was appointed Home Secretary, replacing Goyal who had completed only around seven months of a fixed tenure of two years at the job. Goyal, a 1979-batch Kerala-cadre IAS officer, claimed he had sought voluntary retirement for “personal reasons”.

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