DCW head Swati Maliwal claims office was locked on orders of LG, later finds it open

Swati Maliwal, whose appointment as DCW Chief by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was struck down by the Lieutenant Governor, today claimed that her office had been locked down but hours later it was found open though her name plate was removed.

 DCW head Swati Maliwal claims office was locked on orders of LG, later finds it open

DCW chief Swati Maliwal. Image courtesy:IBNLive

Maliwal, whose appointment triggered a fresh confrontation between LG Najeeb Jung and the AAP government, also claimed that all files had been taken away from her office.

"Why my office has been locked and why my name plate and that of other members removed from the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) office.... I will work for the cause of women and will make DCW the strongest in the world," the 30-year-old said this morning.
Later, her office at Vikas Sadan in ITO locality was found open but her name plate was removed. When asked about the office being open contrary to her
claims, she said her staff had gone to the office in the morning and found it locked.

"It could have been opened later may be due to media pressure or any other reason. But it was locked in the morning. Since we were told we cannot sign any files, in a way the Commission closed down," she told PTI.

Asked why she had not gone to the DCW office, "I am not a DCW poster girl who will only work if she gets the top post, I will continue to work the way I have been working."

On Wednesday night, Maliwal had claimed that Lt Governor Najeeb asked her not to attend office from the next day and had also said it will be locked, a charge denied by the LG's office.

She claimed that the DCW has become a "Kitty Party Commission" due to the behaviour of previous authorities and that she intended to do "serious work."

Maliwal, whose appointment as DCW chief was struck down by Jung amid an escalating row with the AAP government, said nobody could "shake her morale" and that she will continue to work for women's rights, in an indication of defying LG's order.

"The LG has called me and told me that I should not come to office from tomorrow and all my files are being taken back. The DCW office will be locked," she tweeted.


The 30-year-old women's activist said she will continue in her capacity as DCW chief till further government orders in this regard.

Jung had on Tuesday rejected Maliwal's appointment as chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women, saying his approval had not been sought on it.

The government, however, said she will continue in her post. A final decision on the entire issue will be taken tomorrow, said a senior government official.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Jul 23, 2015 16:06:39 IST