Swati Maliwal, whose office has now been opened, denies being a DCW poster girl

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

Updated: Jul 23, 2015, 15:01 PM IST
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New Delhi: The mystery over whether or not Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung telephoned the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) and told them not to let Aam Aadmi Party appointee Swati Maliwal work in the office, continued on Thursday.

Maliwal, whose appointment as DCW chief by the Kejriwal government was struck down by the LG triggering a fresh round of confrontation, today alleged that hher office had been locked down but hours later it was found open though her nameplate was removed. Maliwal has also claimed that all files had been taken away from her office. 

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 news agency 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."

In an exclusive conversation with Zee Media earlier today, Maliwal said a senior DCW official told her that they had received a call from the LG, who had instructed the official to not allow the women's commission chief to sign any file.

"Why my office has been locked and why my nameplate and that of other members removed from the Delhi Commission for Women office. I am not going anywhere...Sitting in air conditioned rooms doesn't give me power. I will work for the cause of women and will make DCW the strongest in the world," the 30-year-old activist said.

“I am trying to figure out who lied...I am not interested in politics,” Maliwal said.

When asked about the name of the person from the LG's office who had allegedly called her yesterday, Maliwal said she would communicate the same to the LG and the Chief Minister.

Charging that DCW has become a "Kitty Party Commission" due to behaviour of previous authorities, the activist said that she was here to do serious work.

"This is not an issue on which we are going to get scared or beg higher authorities. I am here to do serious work...I had been trying to meet the Lt Governor for three days on different issue," Maliwal said.

Maliwal, earlier today, said the DCW office lied to her about receiving a call from the LG.

Maliwal had yesterday posted a tweet claiming that LG Najeeb Jung had called her and conveyed that she should not come to office from today and that all her files are being taken back.

However, contrary to the claims made in the tweets, she had later said it was the "LG's secretariat and not Jung" which communicated to her office that she should not continue in the post.

Jung's office had vehemently denied her claims, saying the LG was upset over such baseless allegations.

Maliwal is the wife of Aam Aadmi Party leader Navin Jaihind and has been an advisor to Kejriwal on public grievances and handles his Janta Samwad. She has been associated with the AAP chief since India Against Corruption (IAC) days.

Jung had on Tuesday rejected the appointment of Maliwal, handpicked by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying his approval had not been sought on it. 

Maliwal succeeded Barkha Singh, a Congress functionary who had repeated run-ins with the Kejriwal government as well as two AAP leaders - Kumar Vishwas and Somnath Bharti.

Jung and the AAP government have been involved in public spats even earlier, primarily over the Delhi government's powers to appoint and shift officials.