Delhi ACB probe into complaint of govt ads being given to Sisodia’s kin

Anti corruption branch headed by Meena whose appointment was opposed by Kejriwal govt

GN Bureau | October 1, 2015


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Delhi’s anti corruption branch (ACB) is conducting a probe into complaints that Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia's relatives were given contracts of the government advertisements.

 Joint Commissioner of Police Mukesh Kumar Meena on Thursday said that a notice has been issued to the Directorate of Information & Publicity (DIP), Delhi, in this regard. 

Meena has been appointed as chief of the ACB chief by lt governor Najeeb Jung against the wishes of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government.

The DIP is responsible for dissemination of information and to give publicity of the programmes, policies and activities of the Delhi government. The Aam Aadmi Pary reportedly set aside over Rs 500 crore to fund its radio advertisements over the current financial year.

The ads have been running with the tagline 'Jo Kaha, So Kiya' across Delhi, refer to his party's pre-poll promises and the steps taken by the government to implement them.

The AAP government's decision to spend Rs 526 crore for information and publicity in the current financial year drew sharp rebuke from the Opposition parties which had said spending public money on "self publicity" amounted to corruption.

The government, however, strongly defended the allocation arguing that a separate head has been created for publicity and advertisement for the first time and that the figure may be less than the amount spent in previous years by various departments.

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