The Anti-Corruption Branch has summoned Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on October 14 over alleged irregularities in appointments in Delhi Commission for Women. The ACB had taken up the probe on the complaint by Barkha Shukla Singh, former DCW chief, on August 12 who had alleged that many supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party had got jobs on the women’s panel ‘without requisite credentials’.
In her complaint, Singh had mentioned the names of 85 people who according to her were recruited to plum positions illegally.
A case under sections 13(D) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 409 (criminal breach of trust) and 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the IPC was registered against Swati Maliwal, the DCW chief. The ACB had also named Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Swati Maliwal in the FIR registered.
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Maliwal has been questioned on the nepotism case on multiple occasions and has rubbished the allegations, saying that the current staff of the panel is necessary considering the number of cases the DCW has handled over the last year.
On September 30, a special session was convened in the Delhi Assembly in relation to the case, however Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal did not provide any details stating that the time was inappropiate as the India army had conducted a surgical strike on the terror launch pads along LOC the night before.