ACB raids women's panel office

ACB raids women's panel office

ACB raids women's panel office

An Anti-Corruption Branch team on Thursday raided the office of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on a complaint filed by Congress leader Barkha Shukla Singh.

Barkha accused the DCW of “nepotism and favouritism” in recruitment. The team was at the office from 11.15 am to around 4 pm, according to DCW sources. They claimed they had not been informed in advance about the visit.

The ACB officers checked the files related to appointments, and questioned the heads of various departments and other staff. DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal, however, was not questioned.

Barkha, herself a former chief of the commission, had complained that the Aam Aadmi Party government had hired about 85 party workers at the DCW, and flouted rules by taking in more staff than sanctioned.

She charged that the government and Maliwal practised favouritism by giving jobs to unqualified people who were now drawing lakhs of rupees from the Delhi government exchequer.

Rubbishing the allegations, Swati said that the present strength of the commission was 80, as compared to 40 when she joined. The additional hands were hired to clear the backlog of cases from Barkha’s tenure of nine years, she told reporters.

Kejriwal attacks Modi

“Itna acha kaam karne wale DCW ko bhi Modi ji ne nahi baksha. Yeh bahut bura kiya Modi ji (Modi didn't even spare DCW, which is doing such good work)," he tweeted.

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