While AAP is protesting against the Modi government, demanding resignations of Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje and Smriti Irani, the Delhi High court has rejected its plea to restrain Mukesh Kumar Meena from entering the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) office.
The HC’s decision comes as humiliation for the ruling AAP government, as the court has said that, Meena will remain ACB chief. It said, “MK Meena will remain ACB head and will function in accordance with law.”
It has also refused to implead the Joint Commissioner’s name in the petition that Delhi government has filed against the centre’s notification.
Last week, after the Delhi government’s appointee SS Yadav came in public and accused Meena of threatening him, the government approached the court recently. This can be seen as major setback to Kejriwal’s party, as the application was part of the petition filed by the government against the notification, which gave the Delhi LG absolute power pertaining to appointment of bureaucrats, in the national capital.
The tussle goes back to the appointment to two ACB chiefs by Chief Minister and the LG each. AAP has accused that since Meena has jeopardized the work of the anti corruption wing, which comes under Dy CM Manish Sisodia.
However, the court took a more significant step, and clarified that the ACB has the jurisdiction to arrest police personnel. In May, the centre, in its notification to the AAP government, said that, taking action against central employees is beyond its ACB’s jurisdiction.