Citing the Ministry of Home Affairs notification that the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) cannot investigate any complaint against Central government officials with effect from July 23 this year, the ACB has forwarded the complaint by lawyer and AAP leader Prashant Bhushan seeking an investigation on a host of charges against former CBI director Ranjit Sinha to the Directorate of Vigilance (DoV). It has also suggested that the DoV take legal opinion on the matter and consider the possibility of asking the complainant to approach a police station.
On November 25, Bhushan approached the ACB with a complaint stating that the then CBI director had “deliberately tried to save influential persons from prosecution in the 2G spectrum and coal blocks allocation cases by abusing his position”. The complaint also suggested that Sinha met with Moin Qureshi at his home.
However, sources in the Delhi government said two days later, the ACB forwarded the complaint to the DoV stating that as per the MHA notification issued this year, it was not authorised to investigate the matter. Sources said the ACB has asked the DoV to either return the complaint to Bhushan himself or seek legal opinion from the Delhi government’s legal department on how the matter could be pursued further.