At 11 am on Wednesday, Ram Kishan Grewal’s sons Jaswant and Pradeep were speaking to Congress leader Kiran Chaudhary and AAP MLA Surinder Singh. But when Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia arrived, Special Commissioner of Police (New Delhi range) M K Meena stepped in and ordered police officers: “Nikalo sabko bahar (Get everybody outside).” Face of the police action on Wednesday at RML Hospital, where Congress and AAP leaders were detained and stopped from meeting the Grewal’s family, Meena is not a stranger to the AAP government.
Meena, who holds additional charge of the ACB, and was the ranking officer at RML Hospital, has been involved in a running feud with the Delhi government over control of the city’s anti-corruption mechanism since June 2015. On Wednesday, as soon as he gave the orders, two officers walked up to Sisodia and Grewal’s family, and asked them to leave the hospital, which they refused. Soon, more police personnel were called in and Sisodia and Singh were escorted into a police bus.
As news of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi visiting the family in the hospital spread, both entry gates were shut. Rahul, an SPG protectee, argued with officers posted outside. As he began speaking to reporters, SPG officers were seen arguing with Delhi Police. Inside, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, Chaudhary and members of Grewal’s family were escorted into police vehicles and taken to Mandir Marg police station. After two hours, his family members were shifted to Connaught Place police station and Rahul was released.
Meena later came out of the hospital and told the media that all action was taken according to law. “It is a hospital where people were facing trouble due to the gathering. It was necessary to move them out,” he said. When Grewal’s body was shifted to Lady Hardinge Hospital for the autopsy, CM Arvind Kejriwal tried to meet his family. But police had already barricaded the gates and refused him entry.
Since Meena took charge, the ACB has registered a complaint against Kejriwal’s principal secretary and has questioned two cabinet ministers in an alleged water tanker scam. Last month, the ACB had summoned Sisodia in connection with its probe into an alleged recruitment scam in the DCW. When contacted, Meena said, “We do not act against a particular party and all action is only according to law. On Wednesday we did not detain only AAP leaders, but Congress leaders too.”