NEW DELHI: The turf war between the AAP Government and Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Najeeb Jung intensified on Friday with Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Bureau chief objecting to the appointments of five police officials from Bihar.
Hitting out at Arvind Kejriwal Government, ACB chief Mukesh Kumar Meena on Friday wrote a letter to Jung stating that appointment of five police officials were done in unconstitutional manner. “The order of the appointments of five officers from Bihar is in violation of Section 3 of The Police Act, 1888,” it said.
The ACB chief also said that the ACB does not require Bihar officials as seven Inspectors from Delhi Police have already joined the force. He, further, noted that as per the Act transfers and posting of police officials between two states had to be cleared by the Central government.
Meena, whose appointment as the ACB chief was objected to by Kejriwal, also stated that the MHA has to issue an order regarding the appointments of the officers from Bihar. “No order from the MHA has been issued in this regard,” his letter read.
He also informed the L-G that Delhi Police had posted seven Inspectors in ACB recently. “It may be noted that Delhi Police have transferred seven Inspectors in Anti Corruption Branch on June 8, 2015,” the letter stated.
“We are not against any police force. I am concerned that the appointments were made in violation of the Police Act. So it is my duty to inform the L-G . The officials from Bihar can work with ACB but they have to get approval from MHA.”
On June 8, the Lieutenant Governor appointed Meena as head of Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Bureau but immediately after the appointment, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia slammed the L-G’s move terming “it some kind of a conspiracy”.