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Delhi govt. moves HC over ACB chief appointment

The Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government on Saturday moved an application in the High Court against the appointment of Joint Commissioner of Police Mukesh Kumar Meena as the Chief of the Anti Corruption Branch.

The application was part of the petition filed by it against the Central Government notification that gave the Lieutenant Governor absolute power to appoint bureaucrats in the Capital.

The court said the Centre’s recent notification barring the ACB from acting against Union government employees was “suspect” as it could not exercise executive power over matters falling under the legislative competence of the Delhi government.

In May, the Aam Aadmi Party had received a shot in the arm when the court had observed that the Centre’s notification was “suspect” as it could not exercise executive power over matters falling under the legislative competence of the Delhi government.

In a more significant step, it had also ruled that the Anti-corruption Branch (ACB) has the jurisdiction to arrest police personnel.

The Delhi Government had appointed S.S Yadav as the ACB chief, while the LG had appointment Mr. Meena.

Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia had said on Friday alleged that Mr. Meena was embroiled in a hawala racket.

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