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.
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”.