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Arvind Kejriwal's first reaction to Swati Maliwal case: ‘It has 2 versions’

May 22, 2024 09:04 PM IST

Breaking his silence on the Swati Maliwal assault case, Arvind Kejriwal said he wants justice and a fair investigation into the incident.

Arvind Kejriwal spoke up for the first time on the Swati Maliwal assault row and said he wants justice and a fair investigation of the incident as it has two versions. In an interview with news agency PTI, Kejriwal reacted to the raging issue first time since it happened on May 13 creating a massive political storm in Delhi. AAP Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal accused Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar of slapping and kicking inside the chief minister's residence on May 13 when Swati Maliwal went to visit him. Bibhav has been arrested while the Aam Aadmi Party stood by Bibhav and called Swati Maliwal a BJP's stooge.

Arvind Kejriwal spoke about Swati Maliwal assault case, Sunita Kejriwal's political interest. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
Arvind Kejriwal spoke about Swati Maliwal assault case, Sunita Kejriwal's political interest. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)

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Delhi minister Atishi, Saurabh Bharadwaj, Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh put forward the party's stand on this issue so far while Kejriwal maintained his silence on the incident involving one of AAP's oldest members. At PTI's interview on Wednesday, Kejriwal said the matter is subjudice and his comment might affect the proceedings but he expects a fair investigation.

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"But I expect there will be a fair investigation. Justice should be served. There are two versions of the event. Police should investigate both versions fairly and justice should be done," Kejriwal said.

Bibhav Kumar is currently in five-day police custody in connection with the case. He was taken to Mumbai where his phone locations were traced. Police belive Bibhav formatted his phone there.

Maliwal on Wednesday lobbed another big charge at the party claiming that everyone was pressured to leak Maliwal's personal photos.

"Yesterday I got a call from a big leader of the party. They told me how there is a lot of pressure on everyone, they have to say bad things against Swati, they have to break her by leaking her personal photos. It is being said that anyone who supports her will be expelled from the party," Maliwal wrote on an X post.

"Someone has got the duty of doing press conference and someone has got the duty of tweeting. It is someone's duty to call the volunteers sitting in America and get something out against me," she added.

On Sunita Kejriwal's political role

Speaking about his wife Sunita Kejriwal who was a messenger between him and the public when he was in jail, Arvind Kejriwal said Sunita was there at every stage in his life. "In every stage of my life, Sunita has supported me. I am fortunate to have a partner like her. To tolerate an eccentric person like me is not easy," Kejriwal said.

But Sunita has no interest in active politics, the Delhi chief minister asserted.

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