New Delhi:  The Centre finally accepted the resignation of Arvind Kejriwal, a prominent face of Team Anna, six years after he left Indian Revenue Services (IRS). Contesting the Income Tax notice for the money he owes to government, Kejriwal had to pay Rs 9 lakh in order to settle the matter.

The resignation was accepted 45 days after he deposited the amount due on him. “The government has finally accepted my resignation from the Income Tax Department. I have received the letter today,” said Keriwal. 

He had quit IRS in 2006 when he was Joint Commissioner in the I-T department. Earlier, he stated he would fight in the court to reclaim the money he had to pay as dues. On November 3, Kejriwal submitted a cheque of Rs 9,27,787 along with a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He asked not to vex his six friends who have given him loan.

Facing attacks from detractors, the social activists, a 1995 –batch IRS officer decided to pay the dues on him.

Kejriwal had taken study leave on full pay for two years from November 1, 2000 after signing a bond that he would return the salary if he resigned or retired or failed to resume duty within three years of his study leave. He rejoined on November 1, 2002 but took unpaid leave after 18 months.

JPN/Bureau