Major blow to ‘honest’ Kejriwal govt ; Anti Corruption Branch chargesheets DCW chief Swati Maliwal for irregularities

Somehow the veil of “honesty” seems to be coming off the face of Aam Aadmi Party and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal with every passing day. After appointing Gomes as the Goa CM candidate who is facing cases of corruption and is under investigation, today was an another setback for Kejriwal. Anti Corruption Branch filed a chargesheet against Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal for alleged irregularities in the recruitment in women’s panel that is headed by her.

The charge sheet was filed before special Anti Corruption Branch judge at Tis Hazari Court against Swati Maliwal for the alleged offences under section 13 (criminal misconduct by public servant) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC. ACB Chief and Special Commissioner (New Delhi) M K Meena said that charge sheet has been filed in the court in connection with alleged irregularities in appointment of AAP workers in Delhi Commission for Women. The due procedure was not followed in the appointment and those who were close to Aam Aadmi Party were given as many as 85 posts, despite lacking the requisite credentials.

The ACB had taken up the probe on a complaint by former Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Barkha Shukla Singh. She had alleged that several Aam Aadmi Party supporters were given plum posts in the women’s panel even when they did not possess the requisite credentials. In her complaint, Barkha Shukla Singh had listed the names of 85 people who got jobs “without requisite credentials”. The FIR against Swati Maliwal was registered on September 20 and the ACB had been probing the matter for the last nearly six months. An ACB officer had earlier said that based on questioning of DCW employees, it was found that due procedure “was not followed in appointments” and a total of 91 appointments were found to be made without allegedly following due process.

Kshitij Mohan