NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has been made a co-accused by the Anti-Corruption Branch in an FIR over alleged illegal recruitments in the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), on Wednesday alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hand in it.
He said a special session of the Delhi Assembly would be called to expose the conspiracy behind the FIR. “Don’t know why my name is in the FIR,” the Aam Aadmi Party leader told reporters. “Without the Prime Minister’s approval, a Chief Minister’s name doesn’t come in an FIR.”
Kejriwal remarks came after the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi government slapped a FIR against women panel chief Swati Maliwal on Monday night over complaints of alleged irregular recruitment. The commission is under scanner for arbitrarily appointing 90 percent of total 85 people in the past year. Reacting to this, Maliwal tweeted that she has not done anything wrong and has been following the norms and regulations while appointing people.
“What is my role in this?” Kejriwal asked. “My role has not been mentioned even once in the FIR (First Information Report),” Kejriwal said.
He further added that there will be a detailed discussion on this. A special Vidhan Sabha session will be called in a few days to uncover the plot behind this FIR.
But Special Commissioner of Police and ACB chief Mukesh Kumar Meena refuted the allegations leveled by the chief minister and said that the complaint against Maliwal was filed by former DCW chief and Congress leader Barkha Singh Shukla and they have converted that complaint into FIR.
“The complaint of Barkha Singh Shukla was converted into an FIR. So far no evidence has been found against Arvind Kejriwal in the preliminary enquiry,” he said.
He further pointed out that in the ACB's endorsement enquiry report, Kejriwal's name is not mentioned. “He is not an accused in the case and we are not conducting any enquiry against him,” he said.
He further stated that Deputy Director (Finance) of Delhi government has been summoned to explain why he authorised DCW as a body with financial autonomy. “Maliwal and other Delhi government officials sent notices in connection with recruitment scam,” Meena said.
It was Express that reported on July 31 under the title - Courtesy Swati Maliwal: 85 sit in office for 15 - that as many as 90 per cent of contractual staff of the Delhi Commission for Women, led by AAP leader Swati Maliwal, are members of her party. She has not, however, followed any recruitment rules and hired these many people in Delhi office which comprises of three small rooms.
Following report of Express, Barkha Singh Shukla registered a complaint at anti-corruption branch of Delhi government and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung also ordered a departmental inquiry into the matter.