He last rocked up at work in December 1990.
Even in India, where government jobs are considered to be for life, A.K. Verma was pushing it.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Verma, an executive engineer at the Central Public Works Department, was fired after last appearing for work in December 1990.
'He went on seeking extension of leave, which was not sanctioned, and defied directions to report to work', the government said in a statement on Thursday.
Even after an inquiry found him guilty of 'wilful absence from duty' in 1992, it took another 22 years and the intervention of a cabinet minister to remove him, the government said.
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