New Delhi: The ministry of home affairs on Friday refused to proceed with the disciplinary proceedings initiated by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal against Anti-Corruption Branch chief Mukesh Meena.
Calling the disciplinary proceedings against Meena as ‘untenable’, the MHA has reiterated that ‘police and public order in Delhi’ were the subject matter of the Central government.
In October, Kejriwal had written to the L-G initiating disciplinary proceedings against Meena. The chief minister had first sent a memorandum to Meena accusing him of intimidating his juniors, keeping the FIR book to himself and overstepping his jurisdiction in the ACB. Meena had refused to reply to the Delhi CM and threatened him of legal action if he was subjected to more harassment.
Home ministry sources said that MHA on Friday told the Delhi government that under the allocation of business rules by the Centre, the MHA was the disciplinary authority for AGMUT cadre officers. Meena is an officer of the AGMUT cadre.
The MHA also reiterated that under the joint rules, it had been nominated as the disciplinary authority of the AGMUT cadre officers. Sources said that the MHA had also advised the Delhi government not to proceed further in the matter.
The Delhi government spokesperson was not available for comment.
Kejriwal has been at loggerheads with joint commissioner of police Meena ever since the day he was appointed to head the anti-graft unit by Lieutenant Governor. Prior to Meena’s appointment, Kejriwal had hand-picked another officer, additional commissioner SS Yadav, seven years junior to Meena, as the ACB chief.
The CM has refused to acknowledge Meena as the ACB chief stating that there was no post for joint commissioner-rank officer in the ACB. However, in the past, at least three joint commissioner-rank officers had headed this unit.
Some months ago, the Delhi government had even issued orders sending him back to the Delhi police.
In another order, Meena was shunted out of the anti-corruption operations and given charge of only training and follow up of the ongoing court cases. Meena has, however, accused Kejriwal of harassing him and alleged that the government of not handing over the complaints received at the help line number.