The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) has issued a notice to the Delhi government to submit all documents pertaining to tenders for the 1031 anti-graft hotline service. The move comes after the ACB received a complaint from a man, Subodh Jain, alleging procedural lapses in awarding tenders for the helpline.
Sources said the ACB has begun investigation in the matter.
Jain, in his complaint dated July 23, alleges that the AAP government has “favoured persons” who, in turn, benefited from the tendering process.
The complaint also alleges that the first stint of the AAP government saw lapses in awarding tenders for the anti-graft helpline.
Earlier this week, Joint Commissioner of Police (ACB) M K Meena had claimed that complaints received on the helpline were not being forwarded to the ACB.
Terming, the anti-corruption helpline number launched by the AAP government as a “waste of public money”, Meena had launched a new helpline on Thursday.This will circumvent the 1031 hotline Kejriwal announced a week after being sworn in as the chief minister.
Quick to react, the Delhi government called the order illegal and “sheer impersonation”, and said it would initiate action against Meena.
Meena — whose appointment as the ACB chief by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung became the bone of contention between the AAP government and the L-G — had appealed to people to report cases of corruption on the new number, operational from the ACB’s office.