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Delhi govt forwards chargesheet against Meena to CVC

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New Delhi: The Delhi government forwarded the chargesheet against Anti-Corruption Branch chief Mukesh Kumar Meena to the CVC in a case of buying curtains on higher rates for a police training college in 2005, on Tuesday.

Mukesh-Kumar-Meena-Delhi-Police-Joint-CommissionerMeena was principal of the college when the curtains were purchased.

“On June 18, the Delhi government had received a complaint (from retired inspector Jawahar Lal, who was posted with the Police Training college in 2005) regarding the purchase of curtains and curtain rods at higher prices,” a government official said.

“Today, we have forwarded the complaint to the CVC (Central Vigilance Commission) after inquiry,” he said.

In his capacity as principal of the (Police Training) college that year (2005), Meena procured curtain and curtain rods for approximately Rs. 20 lakh, though there is no record on the basis of which the demand was projected, the complaint made by Jawahar Lal said.

The complaint further alleged several deviations from the established norms and procedures.

“An inquiry report found out that the price of curtains that were bought was between Rs. 50 and Rs. 75 per metre, they were bought at a uniform price of Rs. 590 per metre,” the Delhi government official said.

“As many as 322 bills of less than Rs. 5,000 were fabricated to avoid the need of issuing tender,” he said, adding, that all the bills had same date and mentioned a non-existent company.

The complaint claims that several senior police officials, including then police commissioner K.K. Paul and others, had spoken against the “illegal purchases”.

(IANS)

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Integrate CVC, CBI with Lokpal: Parliament panel

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New Delhi: A parliamentary panel on Monday recommended integration of the CVC and the CBI with the institution of Lokpal.

“Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should be fully integrated with the Lokpal and the institution of anti-corruption watchdog be architecturally created vertically with the Lokpal at the apex level and CVC and anti- corruption wing of CBI fully integrated with it and working under its control,” the recommendation said.

The suggestion was made by the parliamentary standing committee on personnel, public grievances, law and justice in its 77th report on the Lokpal and Lokayuktas and Other Related Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014.

The committee, which submitted its report to parliament, was of the view that the post of director of enquiry in the CVC can be utilised by the Lokpal.

“Director of Enquiry available in the CVC would serve as the director of enquiry of Lokpal and there is no need for the creation of a separate post of director of enquiry in the Lokpal,” the panel headed by E M S Natchiappan said in one of its recommendations.

The committee also recommended that the post of director of the prosecution should be upgraded to the level of a secretary with a fixed tenure.

It favoured the existing provisions for the declaration of assets and liabilities by public servants, recommending that a public servant should furnish the declaration of assets and liabilities of his or her dependents, including spouse, children, father and mother.

The committee recommended that the secretary to the Lokpal should be of the rank and status of the secretary to the government of India so that he is not influenced by his seniors or colleagues from the civil services and is able to function independently.

(IANS)

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ACB Chief Meena faces non-bailable warrant: CNG scam

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: The inquiry commission set up by the Delhi government issued a non-bailable warrant against Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief MK Meena for not appearing before the Special Investigation Team.

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The commission has also ordered to deduct 30 percent of his salary every month.

Earlier on September 3, one-member probe panel headed by Justice (retired) S.N. Agarwal had asked Meena to appear before it as Meena had given directions to his subordinates not to share information pertaining to the CNG scam.

On August 11, the Arvind Kejriwal government had announced the appointment of a commission of inquiry to be headed by the retired Delhi High Court judge to probe the multi-crore CNG fitness scam in which a number of officials of the previous Sheila Dikshit government were under the scanner.

The probe in the CNG fitness scam has pitted the city and the central governments against each other, with the union home ministry declaring the commission of inquiry set up by the Delhi government as legally invalid.

The Centre had also said the probe will be continued by the ACB.

However, the AAP government has said it will not pay heed to the Centre’s decree.

Meanwhile, the ACB had decided to file the charge sheet for the case.

The control of the ACB is one of the contentious issues between the Delhi government and Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung.

The CNG fitness scam surfaced in 2012 when ACB found that the Delhi government had lost over Rs.100 crore by awarding the contract to operate and maintain certification of CNG vehicles at the transport authority in Burari to ESP India Private Limited, instead of ESP USA.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Delhi govt’s probe panel illegal, says Centre

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The central government on Friday said the Delhi government had no power of ordering a probe into the alleged multi-crore-rupee CNG fitness scam and declared its probe panel as “legally invalid”.

The decision will add to the already strained relationship between the Central and Delhi governments over a host of issues.

The decree was conveyed by Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, who had sought the central government’s opinion over the AAP government’s decision to form a commission of inquiry in the alleged scam that took place under the previous Sheila Dikshit-led government.

“It has been clarified that the GNCTD (Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi) is not the competent authority to set up such an inquiry under various provisions of the constitution and the Commissions of Inquiry Act, 1952,” a note from the LG’s office said.

“The notification issued by the GNCTD has, therefore, been declared legally invalid and void ab initio,” it added.

Jung further said the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) was looking into the matter afresh.

“Notices have been issued by the ACB to all concerned, including government officers named in the original complaint. The ACB has been asked to complete the investigation on priority,” the note added.

A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe had revealed irregularities in awarding the contract of operation and maintenance of inspection and certification of CNG vehicles — thereby causing a loss of Rs.100 crore to the Delhi government.