After an FIR was filed against Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal on Tuesday, AAP supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today while briefing the press attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for dragging his name in the FIR filed against Maliwal.
Speaking to the press, Kejriwal said, “I don’t know why my name has been included in the FIR. What is my role in this? Moreover, a chief minister’s name cannot be lodged in an FIR out of the blue. Prime Minister’s consent is needed for this purpose and I am sure that it is on the directions of PM Modi that my name was included in the FIR.”
He further added that there will be a detailed discussion on this. A special Vidhan Sabha session will be called in a few days to uncover the plot behind this FIR.
The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) on Tuesday filed an FIR against Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal over alleged irregularities in appointment of staff in the women’s panel. The DCW is under ACB’s scanner for arbitrarily appointing 85 people in the past year. Reacting to this, Maliwal tweeted that she has not done anything wrong and has been following the norms and regulations while appointing people.
The ACB had been probing the matter for the last two-three months and based on the questioning of Maliwal’s employees, it was found that due procedure “was not followed in appointments,” said the officer, adding that a total of 91 appointments were found to be made without allegedly following due process.
A case under sections 13(D) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 409 (criminal breach of trust) and 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the IPC was registered against Maliwal, ACB chief Mukesh Kumar Meena said. The ACB had taken up the probe on a complaint by former DCW chief Barkha Shukla Singh, who alleged that several AAP supporters were given plum posts in the women’s panel.
Last month, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had warned that Maliwal will be arrested as Centre wants to reverse the decisions taken by the AAP government through LT Najeeb Jung.