Meena stays away from inquiry commission, dubs it illegal
The commission was headed by former Madhya Pradesh judge Justice KN Agarwal and Meena was summoned at 3 pm on <g data-gr-id="29">Friday</g> but he ignored the summon. According to sources, Meena was tipped by the LG not to appear before the commission as it was declared null and void by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. “The commission has no legal sanctity as it was not approved by the Lieutenant Governor. Furthermore, the Central government has declared it illegal so there is no question to honour the summons of a commission which does not have legal ground,” said a senior officer in the LG secretariat.
The one-member commission was constituted by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to probe into the scam as according to him questions were also raised on the role of LG Jung. According to officers in the LG Office, the LG is the only authority to finalise the term of reference of any such commission and only after his approval any commission can start investigation on any matter related to the Delhi government but in this case Sisodia himself finalised everything illegally.
However, ACB had filed the charge-sheet in the case but it will not be easy for the agency to proceed without the support of the government as the office of the Chief Minister controls the prosecution department.
According to sources, the CM Office is now trying to hold the ‘half baked charge-sheet’ and proceedings in the case through the prosecution department. The director of <g data-gr-id="44">prosecution</g> was summoned on Friday to sort out the way.
Delhi govt says, prosecutor not pressurised
Delhi government on Friday night dismissed claims by a prosecutor earlier handling an alleged Rs 100 crore transport scam that he had been pressurised by some top officials in the matter. Vinod Kumar Sharma, a prosecutor, wrote a letter to Delhi (ACB) chief MK Meena that he had been called by some senior officials who pressurised him to show them files before finalising the charge-sheet in the case.