Court accepts LG-appointed prosecutor, snubs AAP govt

Court accepts LG-appointed prosecutor, snubs AAP govt

The functioning of the Anti-Corruption Branch and issues related to disbursal of compensation cheques for the kin of 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims came up for discussion between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday.

Kejriwal, accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, also discussed the recent decision of the ministry terming the setting up of ‘Commission of Inquiry’ by the Delhi government into the CNG vehicle fitness scam as “illegal,” sources said.

The meeting came on a day when S S Yadav, Additional Commissioner of Police in Anti-Corruption Branch, and Mukesh Meena, Joint Commissioner of Police in ACB, were supposed to submit a detailed report on issues related to alleged haste in the filing of chargesheet in the scam.

According to sources, Sisodia had sought a report from both of them by Monday.
Yadav refused to comment on anything related to the chargesheet or the report which Sisodia is believed to have sought.

“I do not know about any report,” he said.  
Kejriwal and his deputy raised before Rajnath at his residence the Centre’s decision to quash the COI over the CNG scam.

The COI was set up by the Kejriwal government to look into issues related to delays and denial of permission for registration of a case into the CNG fitness scam.

The Delhi High Court has sought responses by September 23 from the Centre, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and the Delhi government on a plea filed by an accused seeking to suspend the commission of inquiry set up by Kejriwal on August 11 into the alleged multi-crore-rupee CNG fitness certificate scam dating back to the Congress regime.

‘No power’

Kejriwal constituted the commission of inquiry headed by retired Delhi High Court judge Justice S N Agarwal but the Centre later dismissed its creation and claimed that the AAP government did not have the power to order the judicial probe.

Later, the Delhi government had refused to accept the Centre’s decision, saying, “The Union Home ministry does not have the power to declare as void the Delhi government’s probe into an alleged Rs 100-CNG fitness scam.”

During the meeting with Rajnath Singh, Kejriwal also discussed the issue of disbursal of enhanced compensation cheques to kin of the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots victims, a scheme announced by the Central government, sources said.

On August 12, the Delhi Cabinet had approved the distribution of enhanced compensation cheques of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims in the national capital, as announced by the central government.

The central government will refund the compensation amount to the state government as it was their scheme. Delhi government has estimated expenditure of Rs 120 crore on compensation.

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