Sisodia questions ACB decision
In a move which is likely to further deteriorate relations between LG Najeeb Jung and the Delhi government, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday questioned the LG’s reported move to “sanction” filing of the charge-sheet in connection with alleged multi-crore CNG fitness scam.
Sisodia, who is also Vigilance Minister, issued a note to senior officers of Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) M K Meena and <g data-gr-id="40">S S</g> Yadav to submit a detailed report on the issue by September 7.
According to media reports, LG Najeeb Jung has “given sanction to file a charge-sheet in CNG Fitness
scam”. The deputy CM said that LG was a “potential <g data-gr-id="35">noticee</g>” by the Commission of Inquiry.
In the note, Sisodia said he was surprised that within a few days of setting up of Commission of Inquiry, ACB has decided to close the investigation by filing charge-sheet.
“In the last few months, there has been a direct interference by the LG in the functioning of ACB. CBI in its report on September 1, 2014, had raised serious questions about the role of the LG in the CNG scam. “Before the formation of this government, the probe into this scam were not only going at snail’s pace but had almost been buried by denial of prosecution sanction by the LG,” Sisodia said in his letter.
Last month, the AAP government had formed Commission of Inquiry, headed by retired justice S N Agarwal, to probe the alleged Rs 100 crore scam.
“LG, in a PIL filed in the High Court, is fiercely contesting the setting up of this Commission of Inquiry. For this purpose, LG has appointed his own advocate. “It is happening for the first time that LG and Delhi government were having different advocates in the same case before the high court. Whereas Delhi government was defending the setting up of Commission of Inquiry, LG through his advocate, was contesting the same,” Sisodia said.
“Media report also mentions that LG has sanctioned filing of the charge-sheet. Is this true? I am surprised as to which law gives powers to LG to sanction the charge-sheet? How could a person against whom there are direct allegations, sanction charge-sheet? Was the charge-sheet shown to LG? “Which officer took charge-sheet to LG? Under which law was this sanction sought? It is a settled position that no one can be a judge in his own case,” Sisodia also said in his note to ACB’s officials.
He said that if charge-sheet was actually “shown” to LG, why was the Delhi government bypassed?