Maliwal chargesheeted in recruitment scam, BJP wants her out

New Delhi: The BJP on Wednesday demanded resignation of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chairperson Swati Maliwal after the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) filed a chargesheet in an alleged case of irregularities in appoitments.

"Maliwalji should immediately resign as she has lost the moral right to work as the Chairperson after being chargesheeted by the ACB for irregularities in appointments made in the DCW by her," Delhi unit Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.

Tiwari's remarks came soon after the ACB on Wednesday filed a chargesheet against Maliwal in an alleged case of irregularities in the appointments in the DCW.

Tiwari also accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for irregularities in the appointments in several departments of the Delhi government. 

"In the matter of irregularities in contractual appointments in various government departments and statutory bodies, Kejriwal is as much responsible as the ministers concerned or the departmental heads," the BJP leader said. 

Tiwari alleged that since coming to power, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has made over a thousand co-terminus and contractual appointments of their favoured appointees in the government offices, apart from in the autonomous bodies like DCW and Waqf board by violating administrative guidelines.

Tiwari also urged Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to order an inquiry into all ad hoc appointments made by the AAP government in last two years, as there are allegations of violation of norms in almost all appointments.

The ACB action came following a complaint filed by former DCW Chairperson Barkha Singh Shukla, also a Congress leader. Shukla was Maliwal's predecessor on the women's panel.

Shukla in her complaint to the ACB has alleged that AAP workers were appointed in the DCW to fetch them financial gains. Altogether 85 appointments are under investigation by the ACB.

On the complaint of Shukla, the ACB registered an FIR under the Prevention of Corruption Act as well as under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 409 (criminal breach of trust by a public servant) of the Indian Penal Code.