ACB Chief Meena appoints new SHO, draws flak from Vigilance Deptt

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After the controversy surrounding the two ACB Delhi chiefs, the anti-corruption branch now has two SHOs. Finding out the matter, the Delhi government has now declared the appointment of the new SHO as void. This comes a day after the Delhi High Court refused to accept the government’s plea to oust M K Meena from office and asked him to work according to rules and regulations.

The vigilance department on Tuesday cancelled three of the orders passed by the ACB chief, Meena, on Monday. One of them is the appointment of the new SHO. Arguing that ACB was a part of the department of vigilance and any work allocation can happen only with the approval of the head of the department, director of vigilance, Sukesh Jain, termed the orders as those “without authority”.

“Vinay Malik will continue to work as the SHO of ACB,” the vigilance order further reads. This order, officials said, will only add to the confusion as the new SHO, Brij Mohan, already took charge from Malik on Monday and has discharged his duty through Tuesday. However, there’s no clarity about Malik’s reinstatement.

The Vigilance Department director, Jain used strong words against Meena and advised him to refrain from passing such “unauthorized orders” in future course of action.