Senior IPS officer Praveer Ranjan has been appointed the chief of Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB).
The decision comes after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sought the replacement of five officers in the ACB last week, including the ACB’s Additional Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police.
Ranjan, a 1993-batch IPS officer, has replaced G C Dwivedi — an additional DCP rank officer — with whom Kejriwal reportedly had differences on a number of issues, including the overall functioning of the ACB. An officer from Union Territory cadre, Ranjan was heading the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police.
During a meeting held last week between Kejriwal and officers of the ACB, sources said, the chief minister had asked Dwivedi why cases weren’t being registered immediately.
Kejriwal also wanted to know why no action was being taken, despite evidence collected through sting operations being produced before the unit through the anti-corruption hotline.
In response, Dwivedi had said the cases were being investigated as per the law and that it wasn’t possible to register cases immediately and make arrests. After the meeting, Kejriwal sought the transfer of five ACB officers and requested replacements. While the decision to transfer the officers is pending, Ranjan has been appointed the new head of the unit.