New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has on Thursday approved an inquiry into the corruption case against former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. This approval has been given regarding corruption in the formation of feed back unit of the Delhi government and ‘political snooping’.
In this case, the CBI had started its investigation by registering an FIR in November 2016 and found that there was corruption in the formation of this unit and this unit was formed in violation of the rules.
The CBI had carried out the probe on the complaint of the then deputy secretary vigilance of the Delhi government.
The Delhi government had set up a feed back unit in February 2016 to monitor corruption and working of employees working under the Delhi government.
For this, the formation of FBU was approved in the Cabinet meeting of the Delhi Government on 29 September 2015 and after that the then Secretary Vigilance proposed the formation of FBU to the Chief Minister of Delhi on 28 October 2015, which was approved.
According to this note, the FBU secretary will report to vigilance. The unit was set up in February 2016.
Initially, 20 posts of the Delhi government’s industries department were to be filled, but later there was talk of recruiting 20 of the 88 posts of the Anti-Corruption Bureau of the Delhi government in the FBU because the ACB also works under the Vigilance Department.
However, the 88 posts being talked about in ACB were also only proposed and approval was not taken from LG.
From three letters issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Central Government on May 23, 1996, January 1, 1997 and September 3, 1997, it is clear that LG’s approval is necessary for any new recruitment, post or recruitment of retired employees in Delhi, but despite this, it was ignored.
On April 29, 2015, the Secretary to the Chief Minister of Delhi wrote a letter that the CM of Delhi can take a decision on matters related to Delhi without informing the Lieutenant Governor, but this matter was going on in the Delhi High Court and no decision was taken.
After this, when the High Court’s decision came on August 4, 2016, the file was sent to the LG by the Delhi government for approval of the Feed Back Unit, but the Lieutenant Governor sent the case to the CBI for a complete investigation.