The Anti-Corruption Bureau on Tuesday registered an FIR against Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Swati Maliwal in connection with alleged irregularities in the appointment of staff at the agency, ANI reported. The case was lodged under the Prevention of Corruption Act, a day after Maliwal was questioned by ACB officers.The investigation against the DCW chief began after Barkha Shukla Singh, a former chief of the women's panel and Congress legislator, filed a complaint that accused Maliwal of resorting to "nepotism and favouritism" in the appointment of 85 new DCW staff members. Singh had also alleged that Maliwal appointed supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party to key positions.
The ACB on Monday questioned Maliwal about how she had been able to recruit a large number of employees. She said, "In the past one year, we have handled 11,500 cases and attended to 2.25 lakh calls. In the past eight years, the former chairperson managed only one case. What is troubling everyone is how we managed to do so much work." Maliwal added that the DCW will cooperate with the investigation, according to dna.
ACB Chief MK Meena said everyone linked to the case will be interrogated. "We will also send a notice to [Delhi Deputy Chief Minister] Manish Sisodia in connection with the case," he added.
Earlier, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had also sought an inquiry into recent appointments at the DCW, following reports said that a majority of the commission's staff were AAP workers. AAP head and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had warned that Maliwal, who is married to party legislator Naveen Jaihind, was in danger of being arrested for "doing a good job".