AAP govt refuses to allow MK Meena to take charge as ACB chief1 min read . Updated: 09 Jun 2015, 04:24 PM IST
Delhi govt says there is no sanctioned post of joint commissioner in ACB
New Delhi: Amid its bitter confrontation with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, the Aam Aadmi Party government on Tuesday refused to allow Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police M.K. Meena, an L-G appointee, to take charge as chief of the elite Anti-Corruption Branch.
Delhi government informed Meena that he cannot join the ACB as there is no sanctioned post of Joint Commissioner in the probe agency but the defiant official said he will follow the Lt. Governor’s order.
The AAP government’s decision not to allow Meena to take charge came on a day Delhi Police arrested law minister Jitendra Singh Tomar on charges of cheating and fraud in obtaining law degree.
Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday had appointed the joint commissioner of Delhi Police as the head of the Anti-Corruption Branch superseding chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s hand-picked chief S.S. Yadav.
Earlier, an additional commissioner-level officer used to head ACB but the Lt Governor yesterday had elevated the rank of head of the probe agency from additional commissioner to joint commissioner.
Meena is currently serving as joint commissioner of New Delhi range and the Lt Governor’s order said he has been given additional charge of ACB.
The Arvind Kejriwal government has criticised Lt Governor’s move to appoint Meena.
The AAP government and Jung had last month locked horns over the appointment of Delhi’s acting chief secretary, sparking a turf war.
“There has been illegal attempts to create the post of a new chief of the Anti-Corruption Branch by creating an Emergency like situation. They are creating such a situation in order to bring the ACB under their jurisdiction. This is unconstitutional," deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Tuesday. “What is behind the conspiracy to create a new post of joint commissioner and appoint your own officer? “Has it been done due to fear that ACB will probe the CNG fitness scam," he said on Mondau.
Sisodia alleged that the officer appointed by the Lt Governor to head the ACB had tried to make suicide of a farmer in rally in Jantar Mantar in April as a murder “to fix" him.