New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi after police named him in an FIR regarding alleged illegalities in the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW).
“Don’t know why my name is in the FIR,” the Aam Aadmi Party leader told reporters here. “Without the Prime Minister’s approval, a Chief Minister’s name doesn’t figure in an FIR.”
Kejriwal remarks came after the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the Delhi government slapped an FIR against DCW chief Swati Maliwal on Monday night over complaints of alleged irregular recruitment.
“What is my role in this?” Kejriwal asked. “My role has not been mentioned even once in the FIR (First Information Report).”
He said FIRs were framed carefully even in the case of ordinary people. “To include a Chief Minister’s name, they would have thought over it at least 10 times.”
He said it was clear that the instructions to include his name would have come “from the top”, in particular the Prime Minister.
The AAP leader said he had read the entire investigation report too and his name doesn’t figure anywhere. “I believe the DCW has done no wrong. Nevertheless, what is my role?”
Kejriwal said a special session of the Delhi assembly would be called in a few days to discuss this.
He said issues regarding why the FIR was filed, the “real facts” and the “entire conspiracy including incidents of the past few months” against the AAP would be discussed by the AAP-dominated house.
The complaint against Maliwal — wife of an AAP leader — was filed by former DCW chief and Congress leader Barkha Singh Shukla.
Maliwal has denied any wrongdoing and instead demanded to know why the ACB, which the central government took over after Kejriwal became the Chief Minister, has not gone into illegalities done by her predecessor.