Delhi High Court issues notice to ACB chief Meena on AAP Govt’s contempt plea


The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to ACB chief MK Meena in response to Arvind Kejriwal government’s plea seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against him.

The state government’s petition said that Meena had “willfully violated” the court’s June 29, 2015, order, which asked the Lieutenant Governor-appointed ACB chief to act in accordance with the law.

On June 29, the high court had refused to entertain the Delhi government’s plea to restrain Meena from working as the ACB’s chief. Soon after the HC judgement came in, Meena had ordered the transfer of inspector Vinay Malik as Station House Officer of the ACB replacing him with inspector Brij Mohan.

The Delhi government’s plea wanted the court to initiate contempt proceedings against Mohan arguing he was working on the direct instructions from Meena. The government has also sought contempt proceedings against Mr Mohan, saying he was acting under direct instruction and orders of Mr Meena.

A showcause notice was issued to new SHO Mohan on Wednesday on the allegations of Delhi government for not lodging FIR on complaints received by the ACB between June 8 and 17.

The government’s petition also accused Meena of  ensuring that no FIR was registered on the complaints forwarded to the ACB between June 8 and 17 and addressing the media “without having the authority to do so.”

The government’s plea also goes on to complain that Meena had allegedly scrapped the anti-graft helpline, which was started after it was approved by the council of ministers of the Delhi government.

Among other complaints against Meena are his decision to prevent “the receipt of the complaint sought to be submitted by SDM and the registration of an FIR thereupon by orchestrating the removal of the FIR book and the ‘Roznamcha’ from the precincts of the ACB which is a police station under…CrPC and is wholly illegal Act.”

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