Summons to Kumar Vishwas: Govt says DCW chief misused her position, serves showcause notice

Vishwas was summoned after an AAP volunteer accused him of not denying “rumors” of an illicit relationship with her.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Updated: May 16, 2015 1:38 am


Kumar Vishwas Kumar Vishwas should turn up and give his clarification, said an official of the DCW.

The Delhi government has issued a showcause notice to Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Barkha Singh for allegedly misusing her “position as chairperson” when she issued a notice to AAP spokesperson Kumar Vishwas. The notice against Vishwas was “politically motivated”, beyond the DCW’s jurisdiction and indicative of Singh’s “bias against Vishwas”, thus making her continuance in office “detrimental to public interest”, the notice alleges.

The government has asked Singh, a former Congress MLA from RK Puram, to file her reply to the notice to the principal secretary of women and child development within three days. Singh is due to retire in July.

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Reacting to the notice, Singh said, “This is just another example of how this government is operating. It is completely undemocratic. To use the state machinery to supress any voice of dissent is fast becoming a trend with the government. I have done nothing wrong and I don’t have any personal enmity against Vishwas. I received a complaint from the woman… only then did I ask him to come to the commission to clarify the matter and help save the family life of this woman.”

Singh had issued summons to Vishwas after an AAP volunteer accused him of not denying “rumors” of an illicit relationship with her. DCW member Juhi Khan had protested the summons and accused Singh of trying to defame Vishwas. Meanwhile, Singh has also filed a police complaint against Vishwas, accusing him and “his men” of harassing her on social media websites.

The AAP government, in the notice, has alleged that Singh “violated the rules of conduct” and “embroiled herself in party politics” by summoning Vishwas on “flimsy ground”.

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  1. K
    May 16, 2015 at 7:25 am
    Barkha Singh, the chief of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), is a former Congress MLA. India will not improve if the political party leaders are appointed to the "chief" positions of all the available statutory bodies, where the huge ries and perks are paid by the taxpayers. If they do something for the taxpayers, then it might be OK. But these political party activists are not capable of doing anything for the taxpayers. Instead all that they do is to satisfy their political masters and mistresses. India can save itself by coming up with a law that bans appointment of any political party activists to positions in the statutory bodies. Otherwise India is doomed!
    1. A
      May 15, 2015 at 3:54 pm
      Barkha Singh is a stooge appointed by Sheela Dixit and is settling scores with Aam Aadmi Party.
      1. H
        May 15, 2015 at 4:24 pm
        A good move. When you are on the correct path, you need not justify for any stupid comment made by others. Let her come clean & prove that her comment was true and she had done all the necessary checks.
        1. R
          May 17, 2015 at 12:36 pm
          Ms. Singh is a Congress crony and as such cannot be trusted to deal with issues involing other political parties be it AAP or any other in an unbiased manner. She should have atleast recused herself in Kumar's case.
          1. A
            May 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm
            When AAp talks about transparency and nothing to hide kind of politics why hide behind technicalities, Based on their philosophy they should welcome any kind of summons and come out truimphantly...
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