Published On: Sun, Jul 26th, 2015

ACB chief Meena orders probe into helpline 1031 tendering process

Delhi Anti-corruption Branch (ACB) chief M K Meena on Saturday ordered a probe into the tendering process for award of contract to operate the helpline number 1031.

Delhi ACB Chief M K Meena

Delhi ACB Chief M K Meena

Meena has sought a detailed report on whether due procedure was followed while awarding the contract to a private firm and also questioned the competence of the agency in handling corruption-related issues.

Sources close to Meena said a private firm named ‘Caretel Infotech Limited’ has been awarded three-year contract by Delhi government for operating the anti-corruption helpline.

The number was launched on April 5 this year by the Arvind Kejriwal government, which has been locked in a fight with the Lt Governor over control of the ACB.

“It appears that the contract was awarded without following the tendering process. It needs to be probed as to which companies had bid for the contract,” a source said.

“I have ordered an enquiry into the tendering process for award of contract to operate helpline number 1031. A detailed report has been sought into the matter,” Meena said.

Sources said Meena has also questioned whether the private agency has expertise in dealing with such complaints.

“It needs to come into the public domain as to who is operating the helpline number.

“Who are these people and are they legally competent enough to deal with corruption complaints or take legal calls?” ACB officials questioned.

Sources said the Delhi government had initially awarded the contract for three years. The period can be extended for another two years.

The latest move will only aggravate the tug of war between the AAP government and the Lt Governor, who had appointed Joint Commissioner of Police M K Meena as the chief of ACB superseding Kejriwal’s handpick S S Yadav.

Notably, Meena had on Thursday announced scrapping of Delhi government’s helpline number 1031 while claiming that no complaints were being made on the number.

He also launched two new helpline numbers which are functioning from the ACB’s office at Civil Lines. However, the location of 1031 helpline number is still unknown.

The Delhi government cited confidentiality as the reason but sources said this could be done in order to suppress details regarding the private agency.

Inputs with Mail Today

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