In a notification issued by the Delhi government on Thursday, B S Joon was appointed the ‘special prosecutor’ in the CNG fitness scam case.
However, the first investigation officer (IO) posted with the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the Delhi government, which is investigating the case, had accused Joon of threatening him in 2013, said sources in the agency.
In a daily diary (DD) entry, Inspector Pankaj Sharma has also alleged that Joon asked him to drop Section 409 (criminal breach of trust by a public servant) from the FIR, said sources.
However, Joon claimed that he had never even met Sharma. “I have never met Inspector Sharma and no one has ever approached me about such a DD entry,” he said.
Incidentally, Sharma was replaced with an assistant commissioner of police (ACP) rank officer last week.
In the DD entry no 23/13, said sources, Sharma stated that claimed that despite being on medical leave, Joon came to attend the hearing of the bail plea by ESP India director Nitin Mahawat and Puran Chand Tamta, CEO of Tambros India Ltd, a partner of ESP India, at Tis Hazari court. There, he met the then public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan,” said sources in the ACB.
“Sharma later approached chief prosecutor R S Yadav…Yadav took Sharma to Joon’s office, where the latter asked him why he had included Section 409 in the FIR. After hearing Sharma’s explanation, he became enraged and told him ‘by adding this section, you don’t want to give them a chance to get bail before 90 days’,” said sources in the ACB.
Sharma had alleged that Joon asked him to remove Section 409 from the FIR and suggested that he tell the court that it had been added by mistake. “The matter was later reported to the directorate of vigilance (DoV) by senior officials of the ACB,” said sources.