Manish Sisodia invited to grilling on DCW job scam: Were jobs given to Aam Aadmi friends?

Earlier, the ACB had named Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and DCW chief Swati Maliwal in the FIR registered in the case based on the complaint of the commission's former chief Barkha Shukla Singh.

Published: 07th October 2016 12:45 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th October 2016 09:02 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the Delhi government on Friday summoned deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia for questioning in a corruption case against Swati Maliwal, the chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), in connection with alleged illegal recruitment. 

Sisodia has been asked to come in for the grilling on October 14. The summons was sent on yesterday evening, ACB’s special commissioner of police Mukesh Kumar Meena said.

Sources said Sisodia allegedly approved appointments recommended by Mailwal without looking into their legality.

Maliwal has been questioned already and was made to fill out a 27-point questionnaire on her recruitment. In August, the agency carried out raids at the commission’s office and seized documents related to appointments.

The ACB started the probe into recruitment after receiving a complaint by Barkha Singh, a former chairperson of the DCW, who alleged that several contractual jobs were handed out arbitrarily.

Sources said the agency is sniffing around for any involvement of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in the selection process.  

The agency is said to be taking a hard look at several crucial appointments:

1.       Appointment of Promila Gupta, Farheen Malik and Sarika Chaudhary  as members  of the commission: The ACB is examining the work they had done in the last three years, and whether they were full-time members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is in government in Delhi.

2.       Appointments to 60 consultant jobs.  One particular appointment being examined is that of AAP leader H S Poolka’s daughter Prabhsahay Phoolka who was hired as a legal consultant with a monthly salary of Rs 35,000.

3.        Appointment of Raaj Mangal Prasad  as an adviser to DCW chairperson Maliwal: Prasad was the AAP’s candidate in the Lok Sabha election in 2014 from Vaishali constituency in Bihar. He has hired at a salary of Rs 1 lakh per month.

4.       Appointment of Divya Balaji and Bhupender Singh as advocacy officers: They were hired at salaries of Rs 70,000 per month.   The ACB is examining whether the posts were advertised or not.


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