The Delhi government on Tuesday urged the high court to “punish” Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief M K Meena for allegedly violating the court’s order by removing a station house officer (SHO) of the anti-graft body.
The AAP government’s contempt plea against Meena comes nearly a month after the Delhi High Court declined its plea to remove Meena, who was appointed by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, from the ACB chief’s post.
The plea is scheduled to be heard before the bench of Justice V P Vaish on Wednesday.
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The Delhi government, in its plea, has alleged that it was “constrained” to file the contempt petition as Meena had “willfully violated” the court’s order on June 29, 2015, which had asked the ACB chief to act in “accordance with the law”.
The same day, Meena had changed the SHO of the ACB, appointing Inspector Brij Mohan instead of Inspector Vinay Malik, who was reportedly considered close to the AAP.
The AAP plea has also sought contempt proceedings against Mohan, saying he was acting under “direct instruction and orders of Meena”.
“Summon the respondents (Meena and Mohan) and punish them for having committed contempt of court under the provision of the Contempt of Court Act,” stated the plea filed through Delhi government standing counsel Raman Duggal.
The plea claimed that Meena had “ensured” that no FIRs were filed on the complaints forwarded to the ACB between June 8 and 17.
It also accused him of addressing the media “without having the authority to do so”.
The petition said Meena had purportedly scrapped the anti-corruption helpline number, established with the approval of Council of Ministers of the Delhi government, and “posted personnel in the ACB despite not having the authority to do so”.
The government’s petition alleged that the ACB chief had “prevented the receipt of the complaint sought to be submitted by SDM and the registration of an FIR thereupon, by orchestrating the removal of the FIR book and the ‘Roznamcha’ from the precincts of the ACB which is a police station under…CrPC and is wholly illegal Act”.
“Therefore, Meena is guilty of acting in brazen disregard and violation of the direction passed by this court. It is submitted that both the respondents have acted in willful and deliberate defiance and disregard of the judgement of the Supreme Court…and the order passed by this court on June 29, 2015, whereby Meena was required to function in accordance with law,” the petition said.