The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) has accused the chairperson of  Delhi Commission for Women  (DCW), Swati Maliwal, in a case of illegal recruitment in the women’s panel.

ACB chief Mukesh Meena confirmed to TOI, “A chargesheet has been submitted before the court on the basis of probe findings. We will inform the court about the involvement and role of others as and when the investigating officer deems fit,” he said.

Justifying the chargesheet against Maliwal, Meena said, “She has made illegal appointments. They have favoured Aam Aadmi Party workers.”

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The special ACB judge at Tis Hazari Court is yet to review the chargesheet.

The ACB for the last six months has been trying to probe the allegations and had taken up the probe on a complaint by former DCW chief Barkha Shukla Singh. According to Singh, a number of AAP supporters have been given plum posts in the women’s panel.

According to sources, this recent events has now put about 85 DCW officials’ jobs in danger. All 85 people listed allegedly got their jobs “without requisite credentials”.

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The FIR was lodged against Maliwal on September 20, charging her under the Prevention of Corruption Act as well as various sections of Indian Penal Code.

Soon after the chargesheet was filed, Delhi BJP demanded Maliwal’s resignation. “She should immediately resign as she has lost the moral right to work as the DCW chairperson,” said Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari.

An ACB officer had earlier confirmed that even appointments were to be stopped following a procedure, a total of 91 recruitment had been made without allegedly following due process.

“Even if I am sent to jail, I will prepare a report on the condition of women there and submit it to the Delhi government. The Delhi government and the Centre are working together towards ensuring safety of women,” Maliwal has said earlier.

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