DCW chief Swati Maliwal
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The court has ordered framing of charges of corruption and criminal conspiracy against Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chairperson Swati Maliwal and three others. Besides Maliwal, there is sufficient evidence to prosecute former commission members Promila Gupta, Sarika Chowdhary and Farheen Malik, the court said. All are accused of appointing AAP workers in the Commission by misusing their position.
Special Judge DIG Vinay Singh said that perusing the proceedings of the DCW meetings held on various dates, it was clear that all the four accused had signed. As such, there is sufficient evidence to point to a prima facie strong suspicion that the appointments in question were made by the accused. None of the three accused, except Maliwal, ever objected to the illegal appointments or gave any note of dissent. Rather it was claimed that decisions were taken unanimously in those meetings.
charge of 90 appointments
The Anti-Corruption Bureau had registered a case on the complaint of former DCW chairperson and former BJP MLA Barkha Shukla Singh. The prosecution had claimed that between August 6, 2015 and August 1, 2016, 90 appointments were made in the DCW. Of these, 71 people were appointed on contract while 16 were appointed for ‘Dial 181’ crisis helpline.