NEW DELHI, Feb 4 � Home Secretary Anil Goswami resigned tonight after the government asked him to put in his papers in the wake of the controversy over his alleged attempt to stall the arrest of Saradha scam accused Matang Sinh, a former Congress minister at the Centre, reports PTI.
Official sources said Goswami, who turned 60 last month and would have continued till June 30, was asked to resign after which he submitted his resignation. The sources which earlier said Goswami was removed, later conveyed to the media that he was allowed to resign to give a �dignified� exit.
The names of Rural Development Secretary LC Goyal, a 1979 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre and Petroleum Secretary Saurabh Chandra, a 1978 batch IAS officer of UP cadre, are doing the rounds as Goswami�s successor.
The exit of Goswami, a UPA government appointee, came on a day of hectic activities following media reports that he had tried to prevent CBI officers from arresting Sinh on Saturday.
This is the second instance of removal of a top bureaucrat in a week after Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh�s services were curtailed last Wednesday after she refused to resign from the post. While there were no charges of impropriety against her, the Government was unhappy with her leadership of the Ministry.
Goswami�s continuance became untenable after he admitted to Home Minister Rajnath Singh that he had spoken to CBI officials before they arrested Sinh.