Arvind Kejriwal, Najeeb Jung met over lunch for ‘fruitful’ discussion


Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung hosted a lunch for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday, reports PTI.

Among other issues, they reportedly discussed the functioning of the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB), which has been a thorny issue between the two since Kejriwal government came to power. The AAP government has been in disagreement with the LG over administrative control in the national capital.

Quoting sources the news agency also said that it was a weekly review meeting called by the Lieutenant Governor which is usually attended by Sisodia but on this occasion, Arvind Kejriwal too accompanied him.

“LG hosted a lunch for Mr Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia where several issues including functioning of the ACB, particularly the tussle between two ACB chiefs were discussed. Several administrative issues also figured during the luncheon meeting,” an official was quoted as saying.

It was described as a “fruitful meeting” between two the two, who were also reportedly have discussed “the issue of two home secretaries.”

There have been major disagreements between the Central and the state governments over appointment of civil servants and more recently the functioning of the ACB.

Delhi government had appointed SS Yadav to head the anti-corruption body, which registered cases of corruption against many people including two police constables of Delhi police. But, more recently, the LG surprised everybody by announcing the appointment of MK Meena as the new head of the anti-graft body.

Aam Aadmi Party has claimed the Meena has had a tainted record and was accused of being involved in a Rs 20 lakh curtain scam.

Last week, Sisodia said that Meena was going to be investigated for his involvement in Hawala racket.

Earlier this week, Delhi’s vigilant department cancelled three of the orders passed by Meena with one of them being the appointment of a new SHO.  The Directorate of Vigilance also ordered to curtail Meena’s administrative role to that of monitoring and work of training pertaining to the undertrial cases till further outcome of the proceedings of the Delhi High Court.

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