ACB officials questioned DCW members, told us to reply to 27 questions in a week, says Swati Maliwal

Acting on a complaint filed by former DCW chief and Congress women’s wing leader Barkha Shukla Singh, the ACB had sent a notice to Maliwal, informing her that she would be questioned on September 19.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 20, 2016 4:20 am
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A team of Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) officers questioned officials of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) and posed 27 questions that have to be answered in a week, said DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal Monday.

Acting on a complaint filed by former DCW chief and Congress women’s wing leader Barkha Shukla Singh, the ACB had sent a notice to Maliwal, informing her that she would be questioned on September 19.

“Questioning the appointments made by the commission is in fact questioning the work done by the commission. We have worked on 11.5 lakh cases, attended 2.25 lakh calls received on the 181 helpline. The commission under its former chairperson had worked only on one case in eight years,” claimed Maliwal.

Singh, in her complaint, had listed names of 85 people who she claimed got jobs “without requisite credentials”.

Maliwal said the commission had made new recruitments as per its set procedures. “The previous commission (under Singh) could not have made so many recruitments because they did took on one case in eight years. Why would they need new recruits? They appointed wives of IAS and IPS officers to posts in the commission without issuing any public advertisements. We have documents to show that. We have followed all the procedures in appointing our staff,” said Maliwal.

Responding to Singh’s complaint, Maliwal had said, “Earlier, 42 people worked in the DCW, now 80 do. These include three acid attack victims and two girls who were orphans from Nari Niketan. The DCW has appointed many such victims in posts in the DCW. All the procedures have been followed. The rules are the same that Singh applied when she was DCW chief. We have appointed more people because our work load has increased. You can imagine that if she worked only on one case in eight years, what kind of pendency the DCW may be facing.”

Maliwal said that the DCW will extend full cooperation in the ACB’s investigations and answer all the questions raised by them. “We have nothing to hide. We will cooperate fully,” said the DCW chief.