The AAP government on Thursday told the Delhi High Court that Anti Corruption Branch chief M.K. Meena had not been working in “accordance with law” and not allowing anyone else to work.
Justice V.P. Vaish was informed by senior advocate Dayan Krishnan, appearing for Delhi government that since no order has been passed in the contempt case filed by it against the ACB chief Meena for interfering in the agency’s working, he has become more aggressive.
Appearing for Meena, Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh told the court that Meena has been “acting as per the law” and refuted the claim of the Aam Aadmi Party government that he was not allowing anyone to work. He also sought further time to file a response on the plea.
The court will now hear the matter on 19 October.
The court was hearing a plea of the Delhi government seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against Meena for interfering in its working and seeking direction against him for not receiving a complaint made by a sub-divisional magistrate against some Delhi Development Agency officials while they were allegedly accepting a bribe.
Delhi government too had told the HC that Meena was hampering the working of the anti-graft body by intimidating its officials.
This came after officer S S Yadav, who was heading the ACB until Meena was brought in by the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, complained that he was being pressurised by Meena and couldn’t effectively discharge his duties.
ACB chief Meena has been a subject of several controversies since his appointment by the Delhi LG, Najeeb Jung.
Delhi Police (retired) inspector Jawahar Lal had filed a complaint with Kejriwal, accusing Meena of a scam worth Rs 20 lakh in a curtain purchase transaction during his tenure as the principal of the Police Training College in Delhi. The Delhi government has also moved the High Court in opposition to Meena’s appointment as ACB Chief.
On June 9, Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung had appointed Meena to head the anti-graft unit, displacing SS Yadav, an officer handpicked by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal himself.