DCW chief Swati Maliwal on Thursday was questioned by the Anti Corruption Branch at her office for over two hours in connection with alleged irregularities in recruitment in the women’s panel.
A five-member team of the ACB visited the DCW office around 3pm and interrogated Maliwal for over two hours said a senior ACB officer.
Maliwal was served a notice by the ACB on September 21 that she will be interrogated on September 29.
quot;Maliwal has submitted a written reply that runs into 20 pages to the questionnaire that she was given on September 19 by the ACB officers who had interrogated her. The questionnaire had 27 queries and Maliwal’s answers will be analysed and further investigation will be carried out in the matterquot; he said.
The ACB had taken up the probe on a complaint by former DCW chief Barkha Shukla Singh who alleged that several AAP supporters were given plum posts in the women’s panel.
After the questioning Maliwal in a series of tweets said that she has quot;nothing to hidequot; and will quot;cooperate in investigationquot;.
quot;ACB questioned me on 27 points. Gave them all information. Have nothing to hide. Will cooperate in investigation. Not scared even of jail sicquot; she tweeted.
She wrote that she is not scared of going of jail.
quot;Even if I am sent to jail I will continue my fight against the unjust system to seek empowerment of womenquot; she tweeted.
Singh in her complaint had listed the names of 85 people who she claimed got jobs quot;without requisite credentialsquot;.
The ACB had been probing the matter for the last two-three months and based on the questioning of Maliwal’s employees it was found that due procedure quot;was not followed in appointmentsquot; and an FIR under relevant section of Prevention of Corruption Act and sections 409 criminal breach of trust and 120B punishment of criminal conspiracy of the IPC was registered against the women’s panel chief.
The ACB will also be questioning some Delhi government officials and the complainant will also be questioned again to seek clarity on some points said the ACB officer.