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Delhi ACB chief faces graft charge

Less than a fortnight into his new job, the chief of the Delhi government's anti-graft unit has been accused of corrupt practices by a retired subordinate.

Mukesh Kumar Meena, the 1989-batch IPS officer who was appointed Joint Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) on June 9, is accused of ‘gross misconduct, conspiracy and collusion’ with three private firms in procuring curtains worth Rs. 20 lakh during his tenure as Principal of the Police Training College (PTC) in mid-2005.

Referred to as the “sofa-parda scam” in internal lore, the issue had triggered a departmental enquiry against Mr. Meena, the results of which, however, slipped through the cracks over the years.

A nine-page complaint seeking his removal from the ACB, which continues to be Ground Zero for a tussle between the Centre and the Delhi government, was filed with the office of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by Jawahar Lal, a retired police inspector who served at the PTC during Mr. Meena's tenure.

“...while functioning in the aforesaid capacity [as Principal, PTC], Mr. Meena committed illegality and the curtains were procured not only at exorbitant prices on his orders but also of inferior quality for the prices paid...”, Mr. Lal stated in his complaint which has been forwarded by Mr. Kejriwal's office to the Directorate of Vigilance for further investigation. According to Mr. Lal, not only did Mr. Meena not take necessary approval from his headquarters prior to procuring the said curtains but he also extended ‘pecuniary benefits to three local vendors’ who were not empanelled to make the said sale.

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