ACB was making the difference and fighting corruption in the capital

Delhi’s Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) resumed its action after Aam Aadmi Party formed the government for second time on Feb 14, 2015. After arresting 9 people on Feb 16, An anti corruption app was launched on Feb 19, and anti corruption helpline was relaunched in March. First anti corruption helpline was launched by Aam Aadmi Party during its first 49 days rule. Journey of ACB with Delhi govt, LG office and Central govt was not smooth and there has been many issues/contradictions among different offices. While ACB was spreading its wigs and started digging into bigger scams, politics and power started interfering its operations. There was enough media coverage about ACB actions and I was able to sort the ACB related data available on aapdelhidiary blog. Until Jun 2015, ACB performed multiple arrests, registered corruption cases, phone calls on helpline, opened big scams, arrested Delhi Police officials. Here is a brief list of actions (with source) taken by ACB from Feb 2015 to Jun 2015.

Arrests and General Actions 

16-Feb-15 Anti Corruption Branch of Delhi Govt. Arrests 9 persons including Excise officials involved in Smuggling of Alcohol without paying Excise worth  Rs 2500 crore. Source
30-Mar-15 The Delhi Government’s Anti-Corruption Branch on Monday arrested a school principal accused of embezzling funds meant for the welfare of students Source 1 Source 2
18-Apr-15 The Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) on Friday arrested three security guards, including a government official, for taking bribes for allowing trucks to enter Azadpur Mandi. Anti-graft helpline’s first arrests. Source 1 Source 2 Source 3
21-Apr-15 The anti-corruption branch of Delhi government has arrested the chief engineer and executive engineer of Delhi Jal Board on Tuesday Source 1 Source 2
23-Apr-15 The school’s principal was arrested by the Anti Corruption Branch (ACB), officials said the principal was the mastermind of the racket  Source
1-May-15 Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that since the launch of the anti-graft helpline 1031, 17 officials have been arrested and sent to jail based on complaints about bribe demands or their involvement in corrupt practices  Source
2-May-15 Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) of Aam Aadmi Party government has arrested a Delhi Police head constable for allegedly accepting a bribe in Sonia Vihar area of northeast Delhi Source 1 Source 2 Source 3
5-May-15 A Sessions Court on Tuesday sent the head constable arrested by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) to 14-day judicial custody, under sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PoC) Source
7-May-15 The Delhi government on Thursday suspended three sub-registrars of the Revenue department based on recommendations made against them by the Anti Corruption Branch (ACB)  Source
10-May-15 The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) now aims to preempt corruption across departments offering public services  Source
5-Jun-15 A sub-registrar was arrested on Friday by the Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) for reportedly misusing his official powers and “rendering illegal benefits” to those who were transferring their properties Source 1 Source 2
13-Jun-15 The Arvind Kejriwal government on Saturday reiterated that the Anti-Corruption Branch has arrested 35 government employees across departments ever since the helpline was launched on April 5 Source 1 Source 2

Infrastructure, App and Helpline 

19-Feb-15 The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government is all set to launch an anti-corruption app which will turn your smartphone into a handy spy cam to conduct sting operations on officials demanding bribes. Source
3-Mar-15 The Delhi government on Tuesday announced that it will relaunch the anti-corruption helpline that the AAP government had started during its 49-day rule in 2014 Source 1 Source 2
22-Mar-15 Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is likely to announce the comeback of his government’s anti-corruption helpline on March 25. Officials being trained to identify frivolous calls Source
1-Apr-15 The Delhi Government has decided to double the strength of the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) and its budgetary allocation Source 1 Source 2
4-Apr-15 The Delhi government is in the process of finalising the structure of an ‘anti-corruption app’ which can be used to record audio and video clips  Source
4-Apr-15 The Delhi Aam Aadmi Party government to launch bigger, better anti-corruption helpline on Sunday, 5th April Source
5-Apr-15 The AAP-led Delhi government launches anti-corruption with a stronger back-end support and a call centre set up in the Delhi secretariat Source 1 Source 2 Source 3
6-Apr-15 The Delhi government’s anti-corruption helpline, 1031, received 12,731 calls in the first 24 hours of its relaunch on Sunday Source 1 Source 2 Source 3
24-Apr-15 The Delhi government in a new directive has asked all government departments under its purview to display boards of the anti-corruption hotline, 1031, inside their offices   Source
6-May-15 The Delhi government’s anti-corruption helpline received 1.25 lakh calls in a month, statistics released by government showed on Wednesday Source 1 Source 2

Big Scams and Big Bosses 

13-May-15 The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of Delhi government on Wednesday questioned three senior executives of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) Source
6-Jun-15 The Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) has decided to reopen the 2002 CNG fitness scam case Source 1 Source 2 Source 3
9-Jun-15 Lieutenant Governor’s office defends L-G’s decision not to initiate a high-level investigation into the he CNG fitness scam of 2002 Source1 Source2

Complains Over Helpline 

21-Apr-15 5 Teachers caught selling exam answers when a student called on the Anti-Corruption Helpline 1031 to complain about an alleged racket where teachers sought bribes to allow students to cheat in an examination Source 1 Source 2
22-Apr-15 The Anti Corruption Branch of the Delhi government has registered an FIR against a woman inspector for allegedly demanding a bribe after it received a complaint on the anti-graft helpline 1031  Source 
22-Apr-15 The first investigating officer in the December 16 gangrape case has been named in a graft FIR by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) on Tuesday after the ACB received a complaint on the anti-corruption helpline 1031  Source 

Politics and Power 

2-May-15 Police-govt faceoff : After Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) on Saturday arrested a Head Constable of the Delhi Police on charges of extorting money from a scrap dealer, Delhi police files kidnapping case Source
3-May-15 Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal locks horns with Union home ministry on restricting Delhi’s Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) from prosecuting Central government employees Source1
5-May-15 Police’s Vigilance unit on Monday registered a fresh case against the head constable, who was arrested by the government’s Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 10,000 Source
8-May-15 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi called the head of the ACB asking him to transfer the case to the Delhi Police, following the arrest of a Delhi Police head constable by the Anti Corruption Branch  Source
22-May-15 The Delhi government and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) are headed for another tussle over a fresh gazette notification issued by the MHA on the powers of the government’s anti-corruption branch (ACB)  Source
26-May-15 Lt Governor should respect people’s mandate, says High court Source 
26-May-15 Delhi Anti-corruption branch can now act against Delhi Police, rules Delhi High Court Source 
29-May-15 Lt governor Nejeeb Jung meets home secretary, calls up Rajnath Singh related to power tussle Source 
2-Jun-15 Of the six policemen sent from Bihar to Delhi to join its Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB), only two have speciliased anti-graft experience. One inspector and a sub-inspector were last posted with the economic offences unit (EOU) of Bihar police  Source
8-Jun-15 Lieutenant-governor Najeeb Jung on Monday appointed 1989-batch IPS officer M K Meena head of Delhi’s Anti-Corruption Branch Source 1 Source2
8-Jun-15 Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia sniffs a plot in ACB postings by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung  Source
9-Jun-15 Delhi High Court today, refused to stay two notifications of the Centre which had taken away the power of the AAP led Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) to prosecute officials of Union government Source
9-Jun-15 Police officers posted to Delhi’s ACB not those sought by state government. Govt had proposed 12 names, but those transferred did not figure on that list  Source
9-Jun-15 Delhi government sends back police officer appointed by Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung as the chief of the ACB Source1 Source2 Source3
9-Jun-15 Home secy transferred by Delhi government, sent back by L-G office  Source
10-Jun-15 The Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to put on hold two notifications issued by the Union Government restricting the jurisdiction of the Delhi Government’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) Source1 Source2
18-Jun-15 A retired Delhi Police officer today lodged a complaint with the Delhi government against Anti-Corruption Branch chief M K Meena, accusing him of corruption that took place during his tenure as the Principal of Police Training College Source1 Source2 Source3

While ACB started digging into big scams including 2002 CNG Fitness Scam and arresting Delhi Police officials, On Jun 8, LG office appointed MK Meena as head of Delhi’s ACB. Later a corruption complaint was lodged with Delhi Govt against Chief MK Meena.

If the head of an organization is accused of corruption, then it is difficult to expect any action (anti-corruption) from head, as it might bite back. This is where ACB collapsed and no major actions/arrests were taken post Jun 2015. There have been few complains and FIR are registered by ACB against DWC and some AAP MLAs.