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The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) Friday “questioned” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in connection with its probe into alleged irregularities during recruitment by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), making him the third Delhi minister to be summoned for questioning. Sisodia, in response to an October 7 summons from the ACB, reached the ACB office at 11 am Friday. “They had no questions for me and they had nothing to say when I asked them what my crime was and why they were questioning me,” he said.
“They are doing this to harass us and scare our officers into not working. In the last one year, the work and the speed with which it was done by the government is much more than the work done in the last 20 years… This is what is disturbing the ACB,” he added.
Sources in the ACB said, “On scrutinising documents, we found a letter from the deputy CM’s office which had authorised DCW to function as a body with financial autonomy. However, according to the rules, only the LG can grant financial autonomy to a body,” said the sources.
Sisodia, who is also the finance minister, said, “I was asked only to explain a three paragraph-long note my department had written to the DCW on March 1, 2016. The DCW had asked for a clarification on what administrative and financial powers the officers of the commission have. The finance department clarified that according to the Act of 1994, the member secretary of the DCW has powers which include administrative and financial powers.”
However, sources said Sisodia was asked at least 60 questions. “In his response, Sisodia said he is not aware with the recruitment procedure of DCW and that the commission should follow the proper procedure of recruitment,” added the sources.