News : Meena Sends Notice to Babus on Helpline
New Delhi, India, July 29, 2015 -- Days after ordering an inquiry into an alleged scam in setting up of the anti-graft helpline 1031, the Anti-Corruption Branch on Tuesday sent a notice to Delhi government officials who handled the matter.
ACB chief MK Meena's phone remained unreachable through Tuesday evening, but sources in ACB confirmed that they had served a notice to the secretary and the administration department demanding files pertaining to the helpline. Sources also confirmed that the ACB was in the process of sending out notices under CrPC to some senior officials to join investigations.
The notice served to the secretary concerned stated that the ACB was probing a "scam" in which the government had allegedly awarded the work to set up the helpline to a party without following norms, thereby causing loss to the exchequer.
"The complainant, Subodh Jain, has alleged that no rates were sought from competent firms or parties and the lowest bidder was not awarded the contract. Therefore, we need the documents to verify the claims. Please provide the same at the earliest," the notice purportedly reads.
Kejriwal had re-launched the helpline, which is supposed to be available round-the-clock, on April 5.
Meanwhile, Delhi government's vigilance department said that no notices have been received from anywhere. The ACB comes under the purview of the vigilance department and the government does not recognize LG-appointee M K Meena as chief of the anti-graft body.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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