Arvind Kejriwal breaks silence on Swati Maliwal assault case: ’Two versions of event’

Swati Maliwal assault case: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said there are two versions of the event and police should investigate both versions fairly.

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Updated23 May 2024, 09:49 AM IST
Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal in an interview with PTI in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal in an interview with PTI in New Delhi on Wednesday.(PTI)

In his first reaction to Aam Aadmi Party Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal's 'assault' case, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said there were two versions of the event and police should investigate both versions reasonably.

"... I expect there will be a fair investigation. Justice should be served. There are two versions of the event. Police should investigate both versions fairly, and justice should be done," Kejriwal said in an exclusive interview with PTI.

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He refused to comment further, saying the matter is currently "sub-judice" and his comment might affect the proceedings. On May 16, Kejriwal evaded a question on Swati Maliwal.

Swati Maliwal assault case

Swati Maliwal alleged last week that she was "assaulted" by Kejriwal's personal assistant Bibhav Kumar when she went to meet the chief minister on May 13. The police registered a case and arrested Kumar in connection with the matter. Kumar is currently in five-day police custody in connection with the case.

Meanwhile, Swati Maliwal engaged in a war of words with other AAP leaders. Delhi minister and AAP leader Atishi accused Swati Maliwal of “lying”. She also alleged that the BJP has made the former Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson part of the "conspiracy."

Earlier on Wednesday, Maliwal alleged that there is a "lot of pressure" on everyone in the party to malign her. "Yesterday I got a call from a big leader of the party. They told me how there is a lot of pressure on everyone, they have to say bad things against Swati, they have to break her by leaking her personal photos. It is being said that anyone who supports her will be expelled from the party," the Rajya Sabha MP said in a post on X.

Two versions

Swati Maliwal alleged in an FIR that Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar "slapped" her "at least seven to eight times" while she "continued screaming" and "brutally dragged" her while "kicking" her in her "chest, stomach, and pelvis area."

The FIR read, “I went inside the camp office and called CM's PS Bibhav Kumar but could not go in. I then sent a message to his mobile number (through WhatsApp). However, there was no response. I then went inside the residential area through the main door as I have always done in the past year. Since Bibhav Kumar was not present, I entered the residence area and told the staff present there to tell the CMI was there to meet him."

Kejriwal's PS Bibhav Kumar also filed a written complaint against the Rajya Sabha MP, saying that she had "forcefully entered" the CM's residence.

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First Published:23 May 2024, 09:49 AM IST
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