Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) has filed a chargesheet against Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) Chairperson, Swati Maliwal over the alleged irregularities in appointment in the women’s body. The chargesheet, which includes 20 names related to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), has been filed three months after ACB registered the first information report against Maliwal on the complaint of former DCW chief and Congress Party leader Barkha Shukla Singh.
“They (DCW) allegedly favoured AAP workers. DCW violated several rules. Whoever has done wrong will be booked but so far we have only chargesheeted Maliwal for gross violation of rules,” said Special Commissioner of Police (ACB) M K Meena.
The 600-page chargesheet was filed before a special judge at the Tis Hazari Court and the offences mentioned includes Section 13 (criminal misconduct by public servant) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and IPC sections — 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy).
While the ACB has raised a question on 91 appointments, it has specifically pointed out 20 names “connected to AAP” – of which 11 are full-time AAP workers and one who fought the general election on AAP ticket in 2014.
But any action against Maliwal in the court can be taken once the ACB gets the nod from her appointing authority — which is Lieutenant Governor(LG) of Delhi. Maliwal, however, has gone “no bars hold” against LG Najeeb Jung on twitter.
In a series of tweets this morning DCW chief attacked Jung holding him responsible for the chargesheet.
Earlier, Maliwal said that she is being attacked for her work on G B Road and her plans to crackdown on the brothels — which she believes is running under the patronage of political leaders.
Since Maliwal took over as the chairperson, DCW’s activities have increased manifold. In the annual report released in September, DCW said that it solved 11,268 cases in past year as compared to 3,498 cases in the previous year. The women helpline, 181, alone received 2.2 lakh calls between February and July 2016. Maliwal, on several occasions, has referred to these figures defending that recruitments were done “on emergent contracts basis” as per “increasing requirements.”