Thiruvananthapuram : CK Vineeth of Kerala Blasters fame and a member of national football team – Bengaluru FC- has been sacked from his job at Auditor General(AG) office, Trivandrum, citing scanty attendance during probation period.
The order was was passed on May 17 terminating his services with effect from May 7th 2016 for failing to join duty.
“Probation period cannot be extended beyond double the normal period. In no circumstances Vineeth’s probation can be extended beyond four years and he had completed four years on May 6 th 2106. Since he has not successfully completed the probation his services has been terminated,” the terminating order read
When the news broke, Vineeth was on his way to Kolkata to play the Federation Cup final scheduled May 21.
Though he was hinted earlier by AG office, the 28-year old said he was not aware of the order and is yet to receive an official confirmation.
Vineeth joined AG office as auditor in 2012. He plays Bengaluru FC player in I- League. In ISL, he plays for Kerala Blasters.
“I could not attend office regularly as I was busy playing matches. I had submitted the documents stating this for three years, but they wouldn’t accept any. So I stopped submitting them later. I can’t quit football in lieu of work. Football to me is prime and the job comes only after. The office would ask me to report at work even during ISL matches. I got the job in sports quota so what’s the logic in not allowing me to play football” the 28-year old player asks.
Though disheartened, Vineeth said he will not seek any action against his dismissal and rather focus on playing football.
Minister for Sports A C Moideen wrote to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India Sasikanth Shrama seeking to recall the order and keep the footballer on board. Such stringent measure, the minister said would lower the morale of sportsmen, he said. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala also spoke in similar vein.