The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the Delhi government has summoned Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in connection with its probe into an alleged recruitment scam in the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW).
ACB Chief M K Meena confirmed that the Sisodia has been summoned and he will be questioned on October 14. The summons was sent Thursday evening.
The anti-corruption body had named DCW chief Swati Maliwal, as well as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in the FIR. The FIR was registered on the basis of a complaint by the commission’s former chief Barkha Shukla Singh. Singh had alleged that several AAP supporters were given plum posts in the women’s panel.
In her complaint to the ACB, she named 85 people who, she claimed, “got jobs without requisite credentials and are drawing lakhs of rupees from the Delhi government exchequer”.
The FIR was lodged under Section 3 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, apart from sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 409 (criminal breach of trust by a public servant) of IPC.
When asked if Maliwal was likely to be arrested, Meena said the investigating officer would take a call after completing the inquiry. “I can’t comment on it now,” he said. The ACB had taken up the case on a complaint by
However, Maliwal rubbished the allegations, saying her office needed the staff, considering the number of cases the women’s panel handles.
The ACB had also questioned Maliwal in her office in connection with the alleged scam.
On September 21, Maliwal was served a notice by the ACB, informing her that she would be questioned on September 29. “Maliwal has submitted a 20-page written reply to the questionnaire she was given by ACB officers. The questionnaire had 27 queries. Maliwal’s answers will be analysed and further investigation will be carried out in the matter,” said a senior officer of the anti-corruption body.