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Bibhav Kumar, Kejriwal's aide, sent to 5-day police custody in Swati Maliwal's alleged assault case

Bibhav Kumar was accused of abusing and beating up Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Swati Maliwal in the drawing room of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's residence. Maliwal in her FIR said that while she waited to meet the CM on May 13, he barged into the room, pounced on her and thrashed her black and blue.

Reported By : Abhay Parashar Edited By : Shashwat Bhandari
New Delhi
Updated on: May 19, 2024 0:59 IST
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar being brought
Image Source : PTI Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar being brought to Tis Hazari Court in the case of alleged assault on AAP MP Swati Maliwal, in New Delhi.

Swati Maliwal Assault Case: A Delhi Court has sent Bibhav Kumar, former Personal Assistant (PA) of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, to five-day police custody in connection with the alleged assault case of AAP's Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal. The Delhi Police had sought a 7-day custody of Kejriwal's aide. The court after hearing the arguments of Delhi Police and Bibhav's lawyer had reserved the order and delivered the judgement late Saturday night.

Police arrested Bibhav Kumar earlier in the day and his anticipatory bail plea was subsequently observed as becoming "infructuous" by a Delhi court. Kumar was later produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Gaurav Goyal who sent him to five-day police custody.

Police, through their counsel, had sought seven-day custody of Kumar to question him in connection with the assault case. It is alleged that Kumar, the personal assistant of Kejriwal, assaulted Maliwal at the CM's residence on May 13 morning.

The detailed order of the court is awaited.

Why did police seek Bibhav Kumar's custody? 

Delhi Police told the court that Bibhav Kumar's custody was necessary for questioning him about reason of assault.

They said Kumar did not provide the password of his mobile-phone to the investigating agency and had also informed that his phone had been formatted in Mumbai due to some malfunctioning in the device.

Police said before being formatted the data of a mobile phone has to be cloned and Kumar was required to be taken to Mumbai for retrieving the data. The accused's presence was also needed when his mobile-phone is opened by an expert, they said.

Countering the arguments, Kumar's counsel Rajiv Mohan said neither was there any record of Maliwal's visit to the CM's residence before May 13 nor did she clarify the reason for registering the FIR only on May 16. The FIR was registered at the Civil Lines police station.

He said that Maliwal visited the CM's residence without an appointment and that the Delhi Police was distorting facts.

The advocate said neither did Maliwal seek any medical aid after calling the emergency helpline number 112 nor did the station house officer prepare any medical sheet after meeting her.

Mohan alleged that Maliwal was politicising the issue of having suffered injuries and was also giving statements to the media. He said that Kumar's mobile-phone was not required for investigation as Maliwal had nowhere alleged about threatening on phone or WhatsApp calls.

When the grounds of arrest are "not justified", there is no question of police custody, the advocate had argued.

Another counsel for Kumar, Shadan Farasat, claimed that Kumar's lawyers were not given a copy of the FIR, while it was circulated in the media. He claimed that Kumar was arrested solely to defeat the purpose of filing the anticipatory bail.

In its rebuttal, the Delhi Police's counsel said that according to the FIR, Maliwal was "in shock" after being assaulted and after recovering lodged the official complaint.

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