Jung’s latest salvo; says Delhi govt has no power over ACB
The row between the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government and Lieutenant Governor (LG) seems to end no time soon.
In a fresh salvo against the Arvind Kejriwal government, LG Najeeb Jung on Friday issued a five-page directive, stressing that the Delhi government has no jurisdiction over the <g data-gr-id="30">Anti Corruption</g> Branch (ACB).
This comes three days after the Directorate of Vigilance annulled three orders issued by Joint Commissioner of Police MK Meena, who has been recently appointed as head of the ACB, and asked him to refrain from passing such orders in the future.
In the order dated June 30, Director of Vigilance Sukesh Kumar Jain had stated that “any work order can be passed only after obtaining the approval of the HoD, that is, director of vigilance”.
Sources said Jung, in his order, had questioned the stand taken by Jain.
“According to Jung’s order, the communication issued on June 30 by the Director of Vigilance is of no consequence. His (Jain’s) communication would have no impact or <g data-gr-id="37">bearing</g> on the functioning of Meena,” the source said.
Jung’s order also gave full authority to Meena, sources said. Jung has also stated that Meena’s orders could not be challenged since “they are under legal and valid authority”, sources said.
A senior ACB officer had said that Meena had issued three orders on June 29. “In his first order, Meena had appointed Inspector KK Mishra as his Section Officer (SO). In the second order, he asked the SO branch of ACB, which comes under Additional Commissioner of Police SS Yadav, to send all documents to him directly. In his third order, he appointed Inspector Brijmohan as the SHO of ACB,” the officer said.
Jung’s communication, sent to the Chief Secretary, also questioned the “stand of the Director of Vigilance as an ex-officio chief of the ACB”, sources said. “The letter states that since the ACB now has a joint commissioner as its chief, the orders issued by the Director of Vigilance would not apply to it,” a source said.
The ACB registered its first case on <g data-gr-id="33">Friday,</g> after JCP MK Meena joined it. Meena issued the orders against an inspector posted with the registrar of group housing societies for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000.
AAP slams LG over women’s security
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has accused LG Najeeb Jung of stonewalling the Delhi government's efforts to bolster women's security in the "unsafe" national Capital, and alleged that his office was being "used as political tool" by the Centre. In a letter to Jung, AAP’s Delhi convener Dilip Pandey said Jung had turned down their requests for a meeting regarding the appointment of Home Guards as marshals in DTC buses. He also urged the LG to mull over his role in the appointment of Joint Commissioner MK Meena as ACB chief.