THE Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Delhi has registered an FIR against Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chief Swati Maliwal on Tuesday for allegedly hiring Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supporters to the body in violation of norms. Maliwal was questioned for around two hours and was asked to submit replies for 27 questions before she was booked for criminal breach of trust.

According to media reports, the action came after the complaint was filed on August 12 by Delhi Congress leader and former head of the Delhi women panel, Barkha Singh Shukla. Ms Shukla alleged that the AAP leaders were appointing their associates to the women’s committee and gave them financial benefits. She named Prabhsahay Kaur, daughter of senior AAP leader HS Phoolka, Advisor to women panel’s Raj Mangal Prasad, and 83 others as beneficiaries.

Maliwal was accused under Sections 13 (Criminal misconduct by a public servant) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 409 (Criminal breach of trust by public servant) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on Monday night. In her statement Maliwal has said, “She has been victimised because the Commission under her stewardship has been working hard to resolve issues pertaining to women.”

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