Delhi govt. sends back Lt. Governor–appointed ACB chief

The Delhi Government has asked a Joint Commissioner of Police posted as the head of its Anti-Corruption Branch against its wishes to “go back.”

Sukesh Kumar Jain, Secretary and Director (Vigilance) from the Directorate of Vigilance wrote to Mukesh Kumar Meena on Tuesday — minutes after he had officially assumed charge as chief of the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB).

In his letter, Mr. Jain said: “The post of Additional Commissioner of police of the ACB is presently occupied.

“As there is no sanctioned post, you cannot take charge or hold a non-existent post. I am, therefore, directed to ask you to revert to the Delhi Police,” the communication added.

On Monday, The Hindu >was the first to report that service rules deemed the office of ACB chief equivalent to that of a regular Joint Commissioner of Police.

Jung-Kejriwal turf war intensifies

Fact files

  • » May 18, 2015: AAP appointed senior bureaucrat Arvind Ray as Principal Secretary (General Administration) bypassing Najeeb Jung.
  • » May 19, 2015: Jung asserts that he was the sole authority in matters of ordering transfer and posting of bureaucrats.
  • » May 19, 2015: Kejriwal and Jung separately met the President while accusing each other of breaking the fine balance of jurisdictions.
  • » May 20, 2015: Jung cancelled all appointments made by the Delhi government.
  • » May 20, 2015: The Centre asked Najeeb Jung and Arvind Kejriwal to sit together and find a solution to the ongoing turf war.
  • » May 20, 2015: Congress accused AAP and BJP of “deliberately” creating a “constitutional crisis”.
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