ACB seeks time to complete probe in DCW recruitment
The Anti-Corruption Branch on Friday sought time from a special court to conclude its probe in a case involving Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal regarding alleged irregularities in the recruitment process in the panel.
The investigating officer (IO) of the case said further investigation, as directed by the court earlier, was underway and it was awaiting sanction to prosecute the other co-accused.
Special Judge Hemani Malhotra granted time to the probe agency and fixed the matter for further hearing on August 1.
Maliwal was summoned as accused by the court on January 18 after taking cognisance of the ACB's charge sheet for the alleged offence of criminal misconduct by public servant under the Prevention of Corruption Act that entails a maximum punishment of seven years jail.
The court, however, had said the probe has not identified Maliwal's associates with whose connivance the alleged "illegal practices were adopted" and directed the police to probe their role and file a supplementary charge sheet.
The first charge sheet was filed by ACB on December 21, 2016 against Maliwal in connection with the alleged irregularities in the appointment of AAP workers in DCW.
The ACB had taken up the probe on a complaint by former DCW chief Barkha Shukla Singh, who had alleged that several AAP supporters were given plum posts in the women's panel.
Singh, a former MLA, had filed the complaint against Maliwal on August 11, 2016, alleging that illegal practices were adopted to financially benefit associates of the AAP at the cost of public exchequer.