‘Mera cheer haran hua…’: Swati Maliwal recounts May 13 ordeal, says AAP leaders scared of Bibhav Kumar | 10 points

Swati Maliwal details the assault by Kejriwal's PA, Bhibhav Kumar and claims no one came to help her even though she was screaming. She refuses to resign from her Rajya Sabha seat, alleging AAP's interest in it.

Written By Sayantani
Updated23 May 2024
AAP MP Swati Maliwal leaves the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after investigation of alleged assault case in New Delhi, India
AAP MP Swati Maliwal leaves the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after investigation of alleged assault case in New Delhi, India

Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) Rajya Sabha MP, Swati Maliwal, has spoken about the alleged assault she faced by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's personal assistant, Bhibhav Kumar. “Cheer haran mera uss ghar mein hua aur Charitra Haran mera roz chalaya ja raha ha (I was defamed in that house, and my character is being defamed every day).” 

Swati Maliwal accused Bhibhav Kumar of assaulting her at the Chief Minister's residence on May 13 in an interview with ANI on Thursday.

On Friday, Bibhav Kumar filed a counter-complaint with the police, alleging that Maliwal gained 'unauthorised entry' into the CM's Civil Lines residence and ‘verbally abused’ him.

Here are ten things Swati Maliwal said about May 13

-"On May 13 at around 9 am in the morning, I went to meet the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at his residence. The staff asked me to sit in the drawing room and told me that Arvind Kejriwal ji was at home and that he was coming here to meet me. After that, the PA of Arvind Kejriwal ji, Bibhav Kumar, came in a state of aggression, and I asked, 'Kya Hua Kejriwalji aa rahe hai. Kya hogya?' I said this much, after which he slapped me," Swati Maliwal said in the interview. 

-Maliwal alleged that she was informed that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ‘was coming to meet’, which is why she visited the latter's house on May 13. Maliwal also claimed that she was ‘screaming’ for help, but ‘no one came to help her’. 

-"He (Bibhav Kumar) slapped me seven to eight times. When I tried to push him, he held my legs and mujhe ghaseet diya. Ensuring that my head bumped into the centre table. I fell to the floor, and he (Bibhav) started beating me with his legs. I was screaming and begging for help, but no one came there," Maliwal said.

-Swati Maliwal, asserting that Bibhav Kumar assaulted her, added that she is not giving “clean chit” to anyone.

-Elaborating on the alleged assault, Swati Maliwal said that she was unsure if Bhibhav Kumar acted on instructions or if he committed the deed independently.

-Swati Maliwal alleged, "Arvind Kejriwal ke sabse bade raajdaar, sabse karibi aadmi iss waqt Bibhav Kumar hain. He is not an ordinary PA. If you see his house, it is so luxurious; he has been given such a house, even no minister has got such a house in Delhi, so he is very influential and at present, he is a powerful man in the entire party, and the entire party is afraid of him."

-During the interview, Swati Maliwal, claimed that AAP ‘wanted’ her Rajya Sabha seat. "Agar meri Rajya Sabha ki seat unhe chahiye thi, woh pyaar se maangte toh main jaan de deti, MP toh bohot choti baat hain... Ab chaahe duniya ki koi bhi shakti lag jaye main resign nahi karungi"(If they wanted my Rajya Sabha seat, if they had asked for it with love, I would have given up my life; being an MP is a very small thing… Now, no matter what power in the world asks me to, I will not resign.)  

-"I never thought what will happen to me and my career. What will they do with me?" Maliwal asked.

-Invoking the Nirbhaya case, which rattled India in 2012, Maliwal said, “Nirbhaya was also asked why she did not travel in auto, why did she go out in the night and not in the day? Victim shaming happens with every woman. The sad part is that a woman Delhi minister said, ‘Her clothes are not torn.’ I want police to conduct my polygraph test so that everything becomes clear.” The Rajya Sabha MP hinted that victim blaming was going on, as AAP lawmakers alleged that Maliwal had been working with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). 

-On the delay in filing a complaint in the assault case, AAP MP Swati Maliwal said, “I was told if I filed the complaint, the party would term me as an agent of BJP.”

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