Vineeth says he has received ‘unofficial confirmation’ that he will be sacked.

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news Sports Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 15:06

The Accountant General’s office in Thiruvananthapuram has reportedly decided to sack one of their employees for ‘lack of attendance’. But CK Vineeth is not a regular official. Working under the sports quota, Vineeth is a football player, and is part of India’s national team which is all set to play the Asia Cup qualifier against Kyrgystan.

Vineeth, who joined the AG’s office as an auditor in 2012, said he has received ‘unofficial confirmation’ that he will be sacked.

“My friends in the Delhi office told me on Saturday that there is a move to sack me. Today one of my well-wishers in Thiruvananthapuram office told me that there is an order to fire me," Vineeth told The News Minute.

The 28-year-old from Kannur said that the office was sacking him for insufficient number of days in the office, and that he didn’t return to the office once his leave had ended. The player had cited tournaments without intervals as the reason for not being present in office as required by the service rules.

"The probation period for the job is two years. Since I haven’t completed it, it was extended for two more years. My job hasn’t been confirmed yet, though I have cleared the examination for the confirmation,” Vineeth said. According to Vineeth, he submitted papers to extend his leave for three years. But later he stopped pushing for it as the office authorities began to reject the papers.

“A new audit officer started insisting that I rejoin duty although I was busy with tournaments. I tried to rejoin in the last off season, but at that time, I was told that they had to consult with the Delhi office to allow me to continue working there,” he added. Vineeth is a Bengaluru FC player in I-League and Kerala Blasters player in Indian Super League (ISL).

“Why are the authorities insisting on my coming to office when I’m appointed under the sports quota? I’m a professional football player - my priority is playing football and I won’t leave it,” Vineeth said. The authorities at the AG’s office were unavailable for comment on Sunday.

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