AAP clips Meena wings, assigns key job to Yadav
The government has asked ACB’s Additional Commissioner SS Yadav, backed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, to supervise the main work including investigation and functioning of the anti-graft body, days after the Delhi High Court refused to restrain Meena from entering office as sought by the Delhi government.
In his order, Vigilance Director <g data-gr-id="47">Sukesh</g> Kumar Jain also said that Yadav shall report directly to him. According to the Kejriwal government, director of vigilance department of Delhi government is the head of ACB and is competent to allocate work among the officers in the anti-graft body. “MK Meena has been posted as Joint Commissioner of Police in ACB. Since, there is no regular post of Jt Commissioner of police in ACB and as the matter is sub-judice, Meena will look after the work of training and monitoring of under <g data-gr-id="49">trail</g> cases till the final outcome of ongoing proceedings in the high court,” Jain said.
“SS Yadav, additional commissioner of police ACB, shall supervise the work of DCPs, ACPs, inspectors and SHO of <g data-gr-id="44">police</g> station of ACB. He shall also supervise all investigations inquiries and other functions of ACB and its police station. So branch officers shall work under his direct control and supervision. He shall report directly to Director (vigilance),” he said in his order. As per Jain’s order, the work allocation in respect of all other officers ACB shall remain unchanged. They shall continue to discharge their duties and report to their supervisor in <g data-gr-id="43">hierarchy</g>.
On Tuesday, <g data-gr-id="33">government</g> cancelled three orders issued by Meena through which he appointed Inspector Brij Mohan as the new SHO replacing Inspector Vinay Malik.
The government’s new move can further intensify the tussle between LG-appointed Meena and AAP <g data-gr-id="31">government backed</g> Yadav who operates from the same premises.
The face-off between LG Najeeb Jung and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had resulted in the Delhi government’s ACB having two chiefs.
On June 8, Joint Commissioner Meena, a 1989-batch Indian Police Service officer, took charge of ACB after he was appointed by Jung, superseding Additional Commissioner SS Yadav.
The AAP government had reacted by terming the appointment “illegal” and claimed that there was no post of joint commissioner in ACB.
However on June 29, Delhi high court asked Meena to act in accordance with the <g data-gr-id="36">law,</g> while refusing to issue directions to restrain him from entering office as sought by the Delhi government.
Jung hosts lunch for Kejriwal
In an indication of a possible rapprochement, LG Najeeb Jung on Wednesday hosted a lunch for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia during which a number of contentious issues including functioning of Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) were discussed. The move is seen as <g data-gr-id="69">indication</g> of a “truce” in the political circles between the LG and the AAP government which have been involved in a bitter fight over administrative control in the national Capital.
Sources said it was a weekly review meeting called by the Lt Governor which is usually attended by Sisodia but today Kejriwal also accompanied him. “LG hosted a lunch for Kejriwal and his deputy Sisodia <g data-gr-id="64">where</g> several issues including functioning of ACB, particularly the tussle between two ACB chiefs were discussed. Several administrative issues also figured during the luncheon meeting,” an official said. Sources described it as a “fruitful meeting” between the LG and the Delhi Chief Minister adding the issue of two home secretaries was also deliberated upon.