The Anti-Corruption Branch on Wednesday visited the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW)’s office and questioned its contractual staff in connection with its probe into an alleged recruitment scam. “ACB has been visiting the homes and relatives of all contractual staff of DCW and are interrogating them. Today, they also came to the office and interrogated the contractual staff of the commission the entire day,” an official statement said. The ACB has been probing the matter for the last few months and based on the questioning of Maliwal’s staff, it was found that due procedure “was not followed in appointments” and an FIR under relevant section of Prevention of Corruption Act and sections 409 (criminal breach of trust) and 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the IPC was registered against her.
The ACB had taken up the probe on a complaint by former DCW chief Barkha Shukla Singh, who alleged that several AAP supporters were given plum posts in the women’s panel. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has also been quizzed by the ACB in connection with the issue. A senior ACB official said, “it was a routine visit. A team of three ACB officers had visited the DCW office and stayed there for around half an hour and questioned some staff members”.