The Anti-corruption Branch (ACB) today summoned Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in connection with the alleged illegal recruitment of staff at the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW). As per the summon sent on Thursday evening the deputy Chief Minister will have to appear before the anti-graft unit on October 14.
The ACB Chief MK Meena has earlier registered an FIR against DCW Chief, Swati Maliwal, alleging irregularities in the appointment in the women’s commission. Meena asserted that the panel was unauthorizedly recruiting people against the procedure and was giving out salaries on an arbitrary basis. The case against the DCW chief was filed under the Prevention of Corruption Act and other IPC sections. The actions were taken following a complaint by the former DCW Chairperson Barkha Singh Shukla on Agust 12.
Earlier, Manish Sisodia had also written a letter to the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, requesting for an autonomous status for the DCW. Since only the Chief Minister can write to the Lt Governor on such matters, the ACB questioned Sisodia’s authority on writing the letter and decided to grill the deputy CM.
DCW is under ACB scanner for irregularly appointing 85 people last year among whom 90% were from the DCW Chief Sawati Maliwal’s party. The ACB had also raided Maliwal’s office following the complaint by Barkha Singh Shukla.
The Anti-Corruption Branch had however written to the Lt Gov Jung asserting necessary actions to be taken against Swati Maliwal if, after the investigation, the DCW Chief is found guilty.