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Arvind Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar arrested in Swati Maliwal assault case
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Arvind Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar arrested in Swati Maliwal assault case

| @indiablooms | 18 May 2024, 01:16 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: The Delhi Police on Saturday arrested Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's personal secretary Bibhav Kumar for allegedly assaulting AAP MP Swati Maliwal, media reports said.

Kumar, who was detained by the cops in the afternoon, was arrested from the Chief Minister's residence.

Maliwal has accused Kumar of assaulting her when she went to meet Kejriwal at the latter's residence.

Maliwal was allegedly assaulted by Bibhav Kumar at the Chief Minister's residence in Delhi's Civil Lines area on Monday.

Delhi Police had confirmed they received two calls from an unknown person within Arvind Kejriwal's residence but from a phone number registered to Maliwal alerting them to the harassment.

Maliwal later appeared at a police station in the area but left without filing a complaint.

Maliwal, a former NCW chairperson, recorded her statement with Delhi Police on Thursday. This was hours after the National Commission for Women issued a summons to Kumar.

In the complaint, Maliwal narrated the sequence of events at the Chief Minister's residence where she was waiting in the drawing room to meet Kejriwal.

Maliwal wrote, "I was informed that he (Kejriwal) was present in the house and I was told to wait in the drawing room. I went into the drawing room and sat on the sofa and was waiting for the CM, when suddenly, the PS of the CM, Bibhav Kumar barged into the room.

"He started screaming at me without any provocation and even started abusing me. I was stunned…and I reacted by telling him to stop talking to me like this and to call the CM."

Maliwal added, "He slapped me seven to eight times at least while I continued screaming…In order to protect me, I pushed him away with my legs. At that time, he pounced on me, brutally dragged me and deliberately pulled my shirt up. My shirt buttons opened and my shirt flew up. I landed on the floor while hitting my head on the centre table…

"Bhbhav Kumar did not relent and attacked me by kicking me in my chest, stomach and pelvis areas with his leg… I was in extreme pain and kept asking him to stop… I repeatedly told him that I am having my periods and that he should please let go of me as I am in extreme pain."

Based on the complaint, a First Information Report was filed.

Though Kejriwal is yet to break silence on the matter, Delhi minister and AAP leader Atishi held press conferences and slammed the BJP for allegedly conspiring to defame Kejriwal.

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