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Swati Maliwal News Updates: Bibhav Kumar, the personal assistant of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, is accused of ‘assaulting’ Swati Maliwal, AAP's Rajya Sabha MP.
New Delhi, India - May 17, 2024: AAP MP Swati Maliwal leaves the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after an investigation of an alleged assault case in New Delhi, India, on Friday, May 17, 2024. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna / Hindustan Times)
New Delhi, India - May 17, 2024: AAP MP Swati Maliwal leaves the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after an investigation of an alleged assault case in New Delhi, India, on Friday, May 17, 2024. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna / Hindustan Times)

Swati Maliwal News Updates: Battle lines are drawn between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and its Rajya Sabha member Swati Maliwal, after the party on Friday accused her of “conspiring” with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) against AAP national convenor and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose private secretary Bibhav Kumar is accused of assaulting the former Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief....Read More

The AAP's charge against Maliwal came after the party, on Tuesday, a day after the Monday incident, admitted that Bibhav had “misbehaved” with her at the CM's official residence.

On Friday, after a video went viral on social media showing Maliwal arguing with security persons inside the chief minister's residence, the AAP held a press conference, and claimed that the said clip is a proof that the ex-DCW head is “lying.”

Hitting back, Maliwal, without naming Kejriwal, called him a “political hitman” and assured that truth will come out despite his efforts to “suppress” it.

Maliwal's FIR against Bibhav, who was last seen with Kejriwal in Lucknow on Thursday, details her serious injuries, while, in a counter-FIR, he accused the Rajya Sabha parliamentarian of “barging” inside the CM's house, and "abusing" the staff.

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May 18, 2024 9:59 PM IST

Swati Maliwal News Live: Additional Public Prosecutor says ‘Bibhav Kumar has not disclosed his phone password’

Swati Maliwal News Live: The Additional Public Prosecutor stated that Bibhav Kumar has not revealed the passwords for his mobile phones and the applications installed on them. Without his presence, retrieving the data from the phones would not be possible.

APP further said that Kumar mentioned the phone was formatted in Mumbai, and without cloning the data, the phone cannot be formatted. Therefore, they need to take him to the location where he formatted the phone.

“They need to investigate whether he has any connections with anti-social elements. Furthermore, they require his custody for sustained interrogation to ascertain the reasons behind the assault on the woman,” APP said.

(With inputs from Deepankar Malviya)

May 18, 2024 9:42 PM IST

Swati Maliwal News Live: Bibhav Kumar produced before Delhi court, police seek 7-day custody

Swati Maliwal News Live: Bibhav Kumar appeared before the Delhi Tis Hazari Court, where the Delhi police requested 7 days of police custody.

The additional public prosecutor (APP) representing the Delhi police stated, “The accused was arrested today, and we have provided the grounds for arrest. The primary reason for seeking police custody is the victim's status as a public figure and member of parliament. She suffered severe physical assault, including being beaten, kicked in the private parts, and her head was banged, leading to the imposition of relevant sections.”

The APP continued, “The investigating officer (IO) visited the incident scene and received video footage. However, the footage during the incident period was blank upon playing the video. Additionally, the phone provided to us was formatted, and it was discovered that the formatting occurred yesterday.”

May 18, 2024 7:59 PM IST

Swati Maliwal News Live: ‘This is injustice,’ says Bibhav Kumar's father after his arrest

Swati Maliwal News Live: Regarding the arrest of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's aide, Bibhav Kumar, his father, Maheshwar Rai, says, “This is injustice. My son is a simple man... There is a BJP government in power, it can do whatever it wants... They are telling him to abandon Arvind Kejriwal, then he will not be harmed. But he has been with Kejriwal for the last 15 years, and I have never heard any complaint against him... I spoke with him over the phone, and he told me that he was having his breakfast when she (Swati Maliwal) came to do something big. Guards stopped her, and he went there. Guards removed her from there. He didn't touch her even once. He only told her that he won't let her meet Kejriwal without asking him. Hearing this, she got angry and threatened him.”

May 18, 2024 7:43 PM IST

Swati Maliwal News Live: Kejriwal's aide arrested simultaneously with anticipatory bail plea hearing, says Atishi

Swati Maliwal News Live: On Saturday, Delhi Minister Atishi accused the city police of arresting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's aide, Bibhav Kumar, while his anticipatory bail plea was being heard in court, news agency PTI reported.

Kumar's arrest on Saturday was related to the alleged assault on AAP Rajya Sabha member Swati Maliwal, according to officials. A senior officer stated that he was taken into custody by a Delhi Police team from the chief minister's residence around noon.

During a press conference, Atishi mentioned that Kumar had submitted an anticipatory bail plea before the Tis Hazari court. According to Atishi, Kumar was taken in for questioning by the Delhi Police around 11 am. She claimed that news channels began reporting his arrest as soon as he was taken for questioning.

May 18, 2024 6:22 PM IST

Swati Maliwal News Live: Bibhav Kumar's father on his son's arrest

May 18, 2024 5:45 PM IST

Swati Maliwal News Live: ‘The truth should come out,’ says BJP leader Shaina NC on AAP MP's ‘assault’ case

Swati Maliwal News Live: BJP leader Shaina NC, speaking to the news agency ANI about the alleged assault against Aam Aadmi Party Rajya Sabha MP, says, “When an atrocity happens, it becomes very important to register an FIR... AAP, which claims to be women-centric, their leader Arvind Kejriwal didn't even comment on this case... The truth should come out... Blaming the BJP is baseless.”

May 18, 2024 5:27 PM IST

Swati Maliwal News Live: Bibhav Kumar to be produced in court today, police will seek custody

Swati Maliwal News Live: In the AAP MP Swati Maliwal ‘assault’ case, Bibhav Kumar is scheduled to appear in court today, where the police will seek his custody.

Authorities are also investigating the motive behind his presence at the crime scene, particularly considering it occurred a day after the victim reconstructed the scene and the Forensic Science Laboratory seized the CCTV DVR, news agency ANI reported.

May 18, 2024 5:11 PM IST

Swati Maliwal News Live: Delhi court disposes of anticipatory bail plea by Bibhav Kumar in AAP MP's ‘assault’ case

Swati Maliwal News Live: The Delhi Tis Hazari Court dismisses the anticipatory bail application filed by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's aide as moot, following the submission by additional public prosecutor (APP) Atul Kumar Srivastava that Bibhav was arrested at 4.15 pm while the bail hearing was ongoing. Srivastava made this statement via video conference after both parties had presented their arguments in court.

May 18, 2024 4:59 PM IST

Swati Maliwal News Live: Delhi court reserves Bibhav Kumar's anticipatory bail order in AAP MP's ‘assault’ case

Swati Maliwal News Live: The Tis Hazari court in Delhi has reserved its decision on the anticipatory bail plea of Delhi Chief Minister's aide, Bibhav Kumar, in a case involving an alleged assault on AAP Rajya Sabha MP and former DCW chief, Swati Maliwal. The court will announce its orders shortly.

Bibhav Kumar's lawyer, Hariharan, stated, "I have presented our side of the story, affirming readiness to cooperate with the investigation."

Hariharan further mentioned, "She visited the SHO on May 13 without lodging any complaint, and then filed a complaint on May 16. This aspect should be considered in our favour, indicating contemplation and conspiracy on her part."

He concluded, “Please grant us protection.”

May 18, 2024 4:52 PM IST

Swati Maliwal News Live: ‘Only one-sided picture has been presented,’ says public prosecutor in Delhi court

Swati Maliwal News Live: During Bibhav Kumar's lawyer Hariharan's plea for anticipatory bail in Delhi's Tis Hazari court, the public prosecutor countered, stating, "The complainant held positions as DCW chairperson and MP... Only one perspective has been portrayed... The complainant's statement has been recorded under Section 164... The plea cannot be decided without the investigating officer's response."

May 18, 2024 4:45 PM IST

Swati Maliwal News Live: ‘Security requested her to move out as she came without prior appointment to meet CM,’ argues Bibhav Kumar's lawyer in Tis Hazari court

Swati Maliwal News Live: Bibhav Kumar's lawyer, Hariharan, stated in court that while at the CM's residence, security personnel asked Swati Maliwal to leave as she hadn't scheduled an appointment beforehand.

He further remarked, "She holds the position of DCW chairperson and is currently a member of our party in the RS. Why she is upset with Bibhav, I don't understand. The motive and target seem elsewhere."

Asserting, "I am not a flight risk; I have no intention of leaving."

Hariharan appealed, "Kindly ensure my protection... I shouldn't be called to the police station without prior notice and made to wait for hours. An interim protection can be granted, and then we can file a reply."

May 18, 2024 4:36 PM IST

Swati Maliwal News Live: Bibhav Kumar's anticipatory bail hearing underway at Tis Hazari court over AAP MP's ‘assault’ case

Swati Maliwal News Live: Senior advocate N Hariharan, appearing for Bibhav Kumar, argues that severe apprehension has been generated as he has been sitting in the police station since 12 pm.

Hariharan said that the sections invoked in the FIR do not invite a sentence of more than seven years. He also pointed out that a mandatory notice, which is given under section 41A of the CrPC, was also not given to him, and the police just took him.

Regarding the incident, Hariharan points out that it occurred on May 13, and the complaint was made on May 16. He submits that the entire case is a concoction.

How can someone shout like this at the CM’s residence, where there is security? There are hundreds of people in the residence….You are screaming, crying and yelling, and no one reacted, Hariharan argues

Hariharan—The entire place is covered by CCTV; to get into the office and meet CM, you need to have a prior appointment, and she did not have any prior appointment … There was a security breach, and the security personnel filed a report.

(With inputs from Deepankar Malviya)

May 18, 2024 3:49 PM IST

Swati Maliwal News Live: AAP claims Maliwal 'blackmailed' by BJP as she faces corruption case

Swati Maliwal News Live: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's aide, Bibhav Kumar, was arrested on Saturday in connection with the alleged assault on AAP MP Swati Maliwal, while the party claimed she was being "blackmailed" by the BJP due to her involvement in a corruption case.

According to a senior police officer, Kumar was apprehended by a Delhi Police team from the chief minister's residence a day after Maliwal gave her statement to a magistrate at the Tis Hazari court.

Maliwal has alleged that Kumar attacked her with full force, slapping her face and kicking her in the chest and abdomen on May 13 when she visited the chief minister.

The senior police officer mentioned that Kumar was arrested from the chief minister's residence on Saturday morning after meeting Kejriwal.

May 18, 2024 3:21 PM IST

Swati Maliwal News Live: JP Nadda mentions Swati Maliwal's ‘assault’ incident during poll rally, ‘Such hypocrites…’

Swati Maliwal News Live: While referring to Swati Maliwal's ‘assault’ incident at a poll rally, BJP national president JP Nadda says, “This CM, Arvind Kejriwal, who used to protest at Vijay Chowk over the Nirbhaya case, now has a woman being mistreated in his own drawing room... Should such hypocrites be allowed to come to power? They are corrupt and self-serving... Rahul Gandhi now carries a copy of the Constitution, but I doubt he has ever opened and read it.”

May 18, 2024 3:10 PM IST

Swati Maliwal News Live: Bibhav Kumar's appeal to Delhi Police before arrest

Swati Maliwal News Live: "It has come to the knowledge of the undersigned through the media that a case F.I.R. No. 27/2024 has been registered at P.S. Civil Lines in which the undersigned has been named as an accused. Though the undersigned has not been served with any notice in the case till now, the undersigned categorically submits that he is willing to cooperate and join the investigation asand when called upon to do so by the Investigating officer," Bibhav Kumar, accused in alleged assault against former DCW chief Swati Maliwal wrote in his email to Delhi Police.

May 18, 2024 2:58 PM IST

Swati Maliwal News Live: Bibhav Kumar's anticipatory bail application submitted before Tis Hazari Court, case to be reviewed soon

Swati Maliwal News Live: Lawyers representing Bibhav Kumar, an aide to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, have submitted an anticipatory bail application to the Tis Hazari Court. Additional sessions judge Sushil Anuj Tyagi will soon review the case.

Bibhav Kumar, accused of ‘assaulting’ Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal, was arrested by Delhi Police on Friday.

Earlier, following a complaint from Maliwal, the Delhi Police lodged an FIR accusing the CM's former aide of assaulting her. In the FIR, Maliwal claimed that Kumar "slapped" her "at least seven to eight times" while she "continued screaming" and "brutally dragged" her, "kicking" her in the "chest, stomach, and pelvis area" during her visit to Kejriwal's residence in Civil Lines on May 13.

May 18, 2024 2:51 PM IST

Swati Maliwal News Live: ‘Legal proceedings should be followed, facts must come out,’ says Cong leader Pawan Khera

Swati Maliwal News Live: Congress leader Pawan Khera, on the arrest of Bibhav Kumar, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's aide in AAP MP Swati Maliwal's alleged assault case, says, “Priyanka ji has told about the Congress's stand that the party stands with the woman if any incident of misbehaviour towards woman comes out. Legal proceedings should be followed, and facts must come out before everyone.”

May 18, 2024 2:39 PM IST

Swati Maliwal News Live: Who is Bibhav Kumar, accused in alleged assault against ex-DCW chief?

Swati Maliwal News Live: Delhi police on Saturday arrested Bibhav Kumar for allegedly assaulting AAP MP Swati Maliwal inside the CM's residence in the national capital.

- Bibhav Kumar, a close aide and manager to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in both personal and political capacities.

- Early in his career, Kumar worked at ‘Kabir,’ an NGO managed by former deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia.

- In 2015, he was appointed as Kejriwal's private secretary on a co-terminus basis and was reappointed in 2020 when AAP formed the Delhi government for the second time.

- Kumar is being investigated by the ED for money laundering related to the excise policy and alleged irregularities in the Delhi Jal Board.

- In April, the Directorate of Vigilance terminated Kumar’s services as Kejriwal's PA following an investigation into the excise policy case. Kumar challenged the termination by filing an OA with the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), but the CAT declined, deeming any relief “premature”.

- The termination order stated that the charges against Kumar were “grave in nature”.

May 18, 2024 2:35 PM IST

Swati Maliwal News Live: Rajasthan CM Bhajanlal Sharma on ‘assault’ against AAP MP

Swati Maliwal News Live: Rajasthan Chief Minister and BJP leader Bhajanlal Sharma criticized the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday while discussing the 'assault' on its MP Swati Maliwal at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence.

“These opponents have nothing with them, the kind of deeds they are doing. Arvind Kejriwal spoke against corruption, and now he has drowned in corruption. There is a big difference between what they (AAP) say and what they do. Now, the way they have hatched this conspiracy, the public can see it,” he said.

May 18, 2024 2:23 PM IST

Swati Maliwal News Live: ‘People will never forgive Kejriwal,’ says MP CM and BJP leader Mohan Yadav

Swati Maliwal News Live: Speaking to ANI about AAP MP Swati Maliwal's ‘assault’ at the residence of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Madhya Pradesh CM Mohan Yadav said, “Arvind Kejriwal should be the one to address this issue since it occurred within his party and residence... The public is observing these events closely and will not forgive him.”

May 18, 2024 1:49 PM IST

Delhi Police under ‘political pressure’: AAP on Bibhav Kumar's arrest

I feel that the Delhi Police is under some political pressure. They have closed the doors of the police station, and denied the entry of lawyers. We wish to go inside to see if Bibhav Kumar has been arrested and what are the next steps. As legal experts, we have the right to go inside: AAP legal cell head Sanjeev Nasiar

May 18, 2024 1:26 PM IST

AAP legal cell on Bibhav Kumar's arrest

We have filed an application in the court saying that we have not yet received a copy of the FIR. The order is reserved till 4 pm but now I have come to know that he has been brought here without any notice. Now we want to go inside the Civil Lines police station but we are being stopped from going inside: Sanjeev Nasiar, legal cell president, AAP Delhi

May 18, 2024 1:05 PM IST

Not received any information from Delhi Police, says Bibhav's lawyer

We have not received any information from the police yet. We sent them an e-mail informing that we will cooperate in the investigation: Advocate Karan Sharma

May 18, 2024 12:51 PM IST

Bibhav Kumar arrested, Raghav Chadha at police station

Bibhav Kumar formally arrested by Delhi Police. Meanwhile, AAP MP Raghav Chadha arrives t Civil Lines police station, where the latter has been taken.

May 18, 2024 12:41 PM IST

Accused Bibhav Kumar detained

Delhi Police detains accused Bibhav Kumar from the official residence of chief minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal. His formal arrest is likely soon.

May 18, 2024 12:16 PM IST

Cops arrive at Arvind Kejriwal's residence

A Delhi Police team arrives at the residence of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in connection with the AAP MP Swati Maliwal assault case. Additional DCP and ACP are present too.

May 18, 2024 12:00 PM IST

Swati Maliwal's medical report out

Ex-DCW chief Swati Maliwal, who was allegedly assaulted by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's personal aide Bibhav Kumar, has bruises over her left leg dorsal and right cheek, according to her medical report.

May 18, 2024 11:37 AM IST

Congress MP calls for ‘strict action’ against Bibhav Kumar

This is a serious offence which should not have happened. Nobody, whether minister or not, has the right to assault a woman. Strict action should be taken against this. The guilty one should be arrested, interrogated and should be brought to justice: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

May 18, 2024 11:09 AM IST

AAP MP Raghav Chadha returns to India

AAP Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha returns to India amid the alleged assault case involving Swati Maliwal. Chadha, who was in the UK for an eye surgery, arrives at CM's residence to meet Arvind Kejriwal.

May 18, 2024 10:54 AM IST

AAP releases fresh video of Swati Maliwal

AAP releases second video of Swati Maliwal from Monday's incident, which took place at CM Arvind Kejriwal's residence. In the video, security personnel are seen escorting her out of the residence.

May 18, 2024 10:42 AM IST

Union minister Puri ‘shocked’ by details of assault

I read a copy of the FIR. The details of the assault were shocking. What kind of people…how could they do it? This is not the first such incident. We know how the former chief secretary of Delhi, Anshu Prakash-ji, was summoned to the CM's residence and beaten up: Hardeep Singh Puri

May 18, 2024 10:26 AM IST

Shiv Sena (UBT) MP gives ‘let truth prevail’ call

“The Delhi Police has finally become proactive and registered an FIR. I hope the truth will prevail and whoever is the victim, if something wrong has been done with Swati Maliwal, shall get justice,” Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Priyanka Chaturvedi tells ANI.

Both AAP and SS (UBT) are among the constituents of the INDIA bloc.

May 18, 2024 10:19 AM IST

AAP flags ‘misuse of agencies’ in Maliwal case

“Agencies such as ED, CBI, Anti-Corruption Bureau, Income Tax Department, and Economic Offences Wing have been misused by the BJP to blackmail opposition leaders and make them join the party. In the Swati Maliwal case, the same formula was used,” according to AAP's Atishi.

May 18, 2024 10:09 AM IST

Swati Maliwal targeting Arvind Kejriwal to save herself from ACB probe, claims AAP's Atishi

There is a case against Swati Maliwal by Anti-Corruption Bureau, an FIR has been made and probe is underway. Therefore, Swati Maliwal was made to hatch this conspiracy and was used as a pawn. There should be an unbiased probe on who was in contact with whom, who are the BJP leaders she met which and when. What conversations they had on call and WhatsApp: Atishi, AAP MLA

May 18, 2024 9:53 AM IST

No one from our party contacted Maliwal: BJP chief on AAP's charge

We never spoke to her nor did anyone from our party contact her. This is not how we function. We are very straightforward. Now the AAP's theft has been caught: JP Nadda

May 18, 2024 9:38 AM IST

Why did Kejriwal not take answers on Swati Maliwal in Lucknow, asks Nadda

If a conspiracy has been hatched by BJP, then why were you moving the mic from here to there? Why are you silent? What is stopping you? The culture of the Aam Aadmi Party shows that they call people to their homes and beat them up: JP Nadda

May 18, 2024 9:25 AM IST

Arvind Kejriwal stands exposed, says JP Nadda

Today, Arvind Kejriwal has been exposed in front of the people of the country and the people of Delhi, he has been exposed in every way: JP Nadda

May 18, 2024 9:10 AM IST

JP Nadda takes ‘minus credibility’ dig at AAP

“The AAP is a party built on the foundation of lies, and its credibility is not zero, it is in minus. Today Arvind Kejriwal has been exposed in front of the people of the country and the people of Delhi,” states JP Nadda, BJP national president.

May 18, 2024 8:56 AM IST

On AAP's ‘conspiracy’ charge against BJP, Union minister's response

Who takes the AAP seriously? Arvind Kejriwal came out of jail for a few days for campaigning and see what kind of things he is doing: Piyush Goyal

May 18, 2024 8:43 AM IST

Smriti Irani slams Kejriwal for “walking with assaulter” Bibhav

“The Delhi CM is walking around with the assaulter, and his actions have been admitted by the AAP. Kejriwal is fighting for 22 seats. He cannot manage his own life. He left the mic when a question was asked about Swati Maliwal,” says Union minister Smriti Irani.

May 18, 2024 8:17 AM IST

Union minister questions INDIA bloc's silence

The alliance is mum after kicking and punching women power. The CM's associate assaulted a woman MP of his own party in CM's presence but instead of taking action on this, the entire INDI Alliance, including the AAP, is maintaining deafening silence: Anurag Thakur

May 18, 2024 8:03 AM IST

AAP tampering with CCTV: Swati Maliwal

“I have received information that now these people are tampering with the CCTV of the house,” the ex-DCW chief posted last night on X (formerly Twitter) hours after the AAP accused her of “conspiring” with the BJP against Kejriwal.

May 18, 2024 7:53 AM IST

Kejriwal doing best to save himself, claims BJP

The basic thing is that Arvind Kejriwal is doing all he can to save himself from investigation. I hope the police investigate all the angles: RP Singh

May 18, 2024 7:40 AM IST

Bibhav Kumar's FIR against Swati Maliwal is an ‘afterthought’: BJP

Arvind Kejriwal's PA Bibhav Kumar registered a complaint against Swati Maliwal saying she misbehaved with him and also threatened him. This is an afterthought. Swati Maliwal had already registered her complaint and an FIR had been filed. Her medical checkup was also done. Bibhav Kumar's complaint is to change the dimension of the investigation: RP Singh, BJP spokesperson

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