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HC refuses to remove Meena as ACB chief, set back for AAP

In a major set-back to the Delhi Government, the High Court on Monday said that the Joint Commissioner of Police Mukesh Kumar Meena will remain the Chief of the Anti-Corruption Branch. It also refused to entertain the government's plea seeking to restrain Mr. Meena from entering the ACB office. It also refused to implead Mr. Meena in the petition that the Delhi Government had filed against the Central government's notification.

The Aam Aadhmi Party-led Delhi government on Saturday moved an application in the High Court against the appointment of Mr. 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 AAP 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.

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