Delhi Lieutenant-Governor appoints new ACB chief

In what the Delhi Government described as a bureaucratic coup, a Joint Commissioner of the Delhi Police was ‘unilaterally’ placed at the helm of the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) by Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday.

Seven Inspectors were also transferred to the anti-graft body as per the request of the ACB on April 24, a source said.

Mr. Jung cleared the appointment of Mukesh Kumar Meena, an IPS officer of the 1989 batch currently in-charge of the New Delhi Range, “without keeping the Chief Minister's office or the Government in the loop.”

“What is the conspiracy behind the sudden creation of the post of Joint CP (ACB)? One should remember that the same officer (Mr. Meena) had penned the bogus script of my involvement in the suicide of farmer Gajendra Singh at Jantar Mantar,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted.

On Monday, The Hindu had reported that close to half a dozen bureaucrats of the AGMU cadre were stuck in limbo across the country due to the impasse between the Delhi Government and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

Mr. Meena had been transferred out of Delhi and was awaiting posting in Arunachal as per MHA order issued on April 8. The anti-graft body is currently headed by S.S. Yadav, an Additional Commissioner of Police.

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