Kejriwal accuses ACB chief Meena for tussle with LG Jung

New Delhi: A bitter turf tussle between the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung escalated on Thursday with the Jung appointing Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief M K meena and Kejriwal has accused Meena of “stalling” investigation into a number of key cases and sought action against him.

Delhi ACB Chief M K Meena
Delhi ACB Chief M K Meena
In a letter to Jung, Kejriwal conveyed to him that Meena was not complying with orders of the Vigilance Department under which the ACB functions and that he was not allowing the agency to function effectively.

“The Chief Minister has apprised the Lt Governor about how Meena was stalling investigations as well as other important works of ACB,” sources said.

Meena could not be contacted for his comments.

On June 30, the AAP government had curtailed Meena’s powers, asking him to only look after training work and monitor cases undergoing trial.

Sources in the government said despite orders by Director of Vigilance Department who is the head of ACB, Meena was not complying with it.

“The Chief Minister also apprised the LG of Meena not complying with the Vigilance Department’s order despite the fact that ACB works under it,” they said adding action has been sought against the official.

According to Kejriwal government, director of Vigilance Department is competent to allocate work among the officers in the anti-graft body.

On June 30 last month, Vigilance Department’s director Sukesh Kumar Jain had issued an order asking Meena to look after training work and monitoring of cases undergoing trial till the High Court decides on the validity of his appointment.

In his order, Jain had said that ACB’s additional commissioner S S Yadav shall report directly to him and will supervise the work of DCPs, ACPs, inspectors and SHO of police station of ACB besides supervising all investigations, inquiries and other functions of ACB and its police station.

Last month, Delhi High Court had refused to restrain Meena from entering office of ACB as sought by the Delhi government.

On June 8, Joint Commissioner Meena, a 1989-batch Indian Police Service officer, took charge of ACB after he was appointed by Jung.

The AAP government had reacted strongly by terming the appointment “illegal” and claimed that there was no post of joint commissioner in ACB.

Inputs with PTI