ACB raids DCW office; asks 27 questions, gives one week to reply
The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Monday questioned Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief, Swati Maliwal, over irregularities in appointments.
A team compromising of six ACB officials that included an ACP-rank officer and a few other staff from the ACB reached Delhi Commission for Women’s office at 11 in the morning.
“There were 27 questions and all the questions were related to jobs, appointments, salary packages of the members of DCW,” Maliwal said. Maliwal further added that she was questioned regarding the extra work pressure and the reason behind why DCW is kept open on Saturdays.
“The appointments are the same and there is no change in the system,” said Maliwal. “We have been given one week’s time to answer back all the questions,” she added. Blaming the ex-Chief of DCW, Maliwal said that in the past nine years, only one case was solved but for the first time the DCW is working properly without indulging in any politics.
“We have the documents for their appointments and for our appointments too,” she further added. We are not scared of anything as long as we are working efficiently,” Maliwal said.
The investigation went on for two hours. The probe has been taken up by the Anti Corruption Branch on a complaint lodged by the former DCW chief, Barkha Shukla Singh. In her letter, she blamed Swati Maliwal of appointing many AAP supporters in lieu of money.
Maliwal said: “I am not scared even if I am arrested. I will keep asking questions as the DCW on a daily basis receives at least one case of gang-rape like the Nirbhaya case.”
“We are here to serve the poorest of the poor in Delhi and we welcome raids and inquiries done by the ACB,” she added.