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'Not giving clean-chit to anyone, Kejriwal was at home': Swati Maliwal in first interview to media | WATCH

AAP MP Swati Maliwal has alleged that she was assaulted at the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on May 13. According to Maliwal, she was waiting to meet the CM when his personal secretary, Bibhav Kumar, verbally abused and physically assaulted her, slapping her 7-8 times.

Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 New Delhi Updated on: May 23, 2024 16:37 IST
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Image Source : PTI/FILE PHOTO New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal outside Delhi Chief Minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal's residence at Civil Lines in New Delhi.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal has recounted her ordeal from May 13, alleging that she was assaulted by Bibhav Kumar, the personal aide of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. In an exclusive interview with ANI, Maliwal stated she is not exonerating anyone, highlighting that Kejriwal was present at home during the incident.

Incident details

Maliwal described arriving at the CM's residence at around 9 am, where she was asked to wait in the drawing room. She was informed that Kejriwal would meet her shortly. However, Kumar entered aggressively and, after a brief exchange, allegedly slapped her 7 to 8 times. Maliwal claimed Kumar dragged her, causing her head to hit a center table, and continued to beat her while she screamed for help.

Call for investigation

Maliwal emphasised that she does not know if Kumar acted on his own or under someone's instructions, stating, "Everything is a matter of investigation. I am very cooperative with the Delhi Police. I am not giving anyone the clean chit." She stressed the need to stand by the truth and fight for justice, reflecting on her commitment to support women facing similar situations.

Response from authorities

Following Maliwal's allegations, Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena criticised AAP chief Kejriwal's silence on the matter, suggesting it reflects his stance on women's safety issues. In response, Bibhav Kumar filed a counter-complaint, accusing Maliwal of unauthorised entry and verbal abuse at the CM's residence.

Legal actions

A case was filed against Bibhav Kumar, and a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was formed to investigate Maliwal's complaint. Kumar was arrested by the Delhi Police on May 19 and is currently in police custody.

Also read | Swati Maliwal assault case: Delhi Police won't record statement of Kejriwal's parents today, say sources

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