After filing an FIR against Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal over alleged irregularities in appointment of staff in the women’s panel, the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) will now issue a notice to Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in the matter.
“Sisodia will be issued a notice and grilled in the case, along with other people involved,” ACB Chief MK Meena said.
Sisodia had written a letter demanding an autonomous status for the women’s panel, but an issue cropped up since only the Chief Minister has the authority to write that letter to the Lieutenant Governor.
Maliwal was booked under Sections 13 (Criminal misconduct by a public servant) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 409 (Criminal breach of trust by public servant) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on Monday night, the ACB said.
Earlier on Monday morning, the ACB questioned Maliwal for over two hours.
The action came after the complaint was filed on August 12 by Delhi Congress leader and former DCW head, Barkha Singh Shukla.
In her complaint, Shukla alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders were appointing their associates to the DCW and gave them financial benefits.
Shukla in her complaint had named Prabhsahay Kaur, daughter of senior AAP leader H.S. Phoolka, Advisor to DCW Raj Mangal Prasad, and 83 others as beneficiaries.
She also claimed that all the names were obtained through a Right To Information (RTI) inquiry.
Maliwal reacted sharply after the case was registered in a series of tweets.
She wrote: “Came to know that an FIR has been filed. When nothing wrong has been done then one doesn’t need to fear, even from god. One has to sacrifice to change the system.”
“We used the same procedure of hiring which DCW has used for years. If something has changed then its work. Worked hard day and night. Have questioned system,” she tweeted.
She also said that “if corruption of even Re 1 is proved, she would give up her life”.