Kejriwal vs Jung: Delhi govt can't appoint Bihar cops in ACB, clarifies LG
New Delhi: Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung's office today said that it has so far not received any proposal for the deputation of personnel from outside Delhi Police for the city's Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB).
The clarification came in the wake of media reports suggesting that the Arvind Kejriwal government has hired six Bihar cops for its ACB to take on corrupt officials.
"The office of the Lt. Governor has so far not received any proposal for the deputation of such personnel from outside Delhi police. The matter will be duly examined as and when the Lt. Governor receives the formal proposal from the Vigilance department of Delhi government," the Raj Niwas said in a statement.
The press release further said that the ACB, being a police station, functions under the authority, control and supervision of the Lt. Governor, a position that has also been clarified by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), vide Notification No 1368 (E), dated 21st May 2015.
Meanwehile, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said that the city government has complete authority to appoint the staff of ACB including from anywhere across country.
"The Delhi government has full authority to take officers from any part of the country. The Central government has tried to rule it out through LG now they are ruling out this decision of ours. They should not make mockery of the Constitution of India. What is the problem? Officers from others states have been coming and will continue to come," he said.
Various media reports stated that Bihar Police recently relieved six of its officers - one deputy Superintendent of Police and 5 inspectors and sub-inspectors - to join the ACB. This followed a conversation that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had with his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar in New Delhi.
Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi also said that his office has not received any official communique on the matter.
"I have seen media reports. But no official communique to this effect has reached me. I don't like to comment media reports," he said.
The fresh development comes amid the turf war between the Centre and AAP government over the jurisdiction of ACB. Ministry of Home Affairs had issued a notification last month stating that ACB doesn't have jurisdiction to arrest Central government employees and Delhi Police officials, which reports to the MHA directly.