The Aam Aadmi Party hit out at Delhi Commission for Women chief Barkha Shukla after the commission told the Delhi High Court that proceedings against party leader Kumar Vishwas have been closed. A woman volunteer of the party had accused Vishwas of “ruining her marriage” by not rebutting rumours of a relationship between them. The AAP said that the DCW was being used as a political tool, and that it was being misused by Shukla, a Congress leader.
“What clarification does she (Singh) want from Vishwas? Even the complainant has not accused Vishwas of anything. Her charges are against four individuals who harassed her on social media,” AAP leader Somnath Bharti, Vishwas’s counsel in the case, said.
AAP’s Delhi convener Dilip Pandey said, “That is the crux of the matter. They entertained an illogical complaint against Vishwas and even held a press conference against him.
Does not that amount to misuse of the women’s panel as a political tool? Should bodies such as L-G office, Delhi Police be also used as weapons against political rivals as is being done now.”
The DCW chief, however, said that the panel was no longer pursuing the matter as the case was being “handled” by the Delhi Police.
Earlier in the day, Justice V P Vaish was told by the DCW chief’s counsel that “there are no proceedings pending in the case” before the body. The DCW counsel further said that as the probe against Vishwas was closed on June 23, the present petition becomes “infructuous”. The court, which was hearing a plea by Vishwas seeking stay on the summons issued to him by DCW, however, directed the counsel to file a “detailed report within two weeks with regard to the oral submissions made by the advocate”.