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Maliwal slapped 7-8 times, kicked in chest, stomach, pelvis: FIR

May 17, 2024 02:27 PM IST

Maliwal on Thursday broke her silence around the assault, which stunned the national capital, and confirmed that she had recorded a police statement

Bibhav Kumar, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s personal secretary, allegedly screamed at Swati Maliwal “without any provocation” before slapping the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lawmaker 7-8 times and kicking her in her chest, stomach, and pelvis, according to the first information report (FIR) filed in the assault case.

AAP Rajya Sabha member Swati Maliwal. (PTI/File)
AAP Rajya Sabha member Swati Maliwal. (PTI/File)

The FIR, a copy of which HT has seen, detailing the alleged assault said Kumar allegedly dragged Maliwal and her shirt was pulled up as well as she screamed for help.

Maliwal said she had gone to meet Kejriwal around 9am on May 13 and was informed he was home and she should wait in the drawing room. “Suddenly...Kumar barged into the room. He started screaming at me without any provocation. He even started abusing me. I was stunned by his reaction... I reacted by telling him to stop talking to me like this and call the CM [chief minister],” she said in the FIR.

Kumar allegedly shouted and told her “How will you not listen to me?... What is your standing?” Maliwal said Kumar soon started slapping her while she continued screaming. She added she was shocked and screamed for help. Maliwal said she pushed Kumar to protect herself.

Maliwal alleged that Kumar “pounced” on her, “dragged her” and in the process, her shirt was pulled up and buttons opened. She alleged that she hit her head on the centre table but Kumar continued the assault her.

Maliwal said she eventually managed to sit on a sofa and call the police even as Kumar allegedly told her she could do what she wanted but nothing would happen and also allegedly threatened to get her killed.

She added she was later taken to the chief minister’s camp office, where she told the staff about the ordeal but was asked to leave. Maliwal said she sat outside the chief minister’s house before going to Civil Lines police station but left without giving a statement because of the trauma.

The Delhi Police on Thursday registered the FIR under the Indian Penal Code’s Section 354 (assault or criminal force with the intent to outrage modesty), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (insulting the modesty of a woman), and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt).

Maliwal broke her silence around the assault, which stunned the national capital, on Thursday, She confirmed that she recorded a police statement even as she urged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) not to politicise the matter.

The BJP’s women wing leaders on Friday organised a protest near Delhi chief minister’s residence demanding action against Kumar and resignation of Kejriwal.

AAP leader Sanjay Singh on May 14 said Kumar “misbehaved” with Maliwal when she was waiting to meet Kejriwal. He added Kejriwal has taken note of the incident and has asked for strict action.

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