Swati Maliwal assault case: Kejriwal, Atishi to visit BJP headquarters today; AAP claims MP ’blackmailed’ | 10 updates

A senior police officer said Bibhav Kumar was arrested from the chief minister's residence on Saturday. The officer said Kumar had gone there in the morning to meet Arvind Kejriwal.

Updated19 May 2024
Bibhav Kumar. (File photo)
Bibhav Kumar. (File photo)(HT_PRINT)

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar was arrested Saturday in connection with the alleged assault on AAP MP Swati Maliwal, even as the party claimed she was "blackmailed" by the BJP as she faces a corruption case.

Kumar was picked up from the chief minister's residence by a Delhi Police team, a senior police officer said, a day after Maliwal recorded her statement before a magistrate at the Tis Hazari court. Meanwhile, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said he and other party leaders would go to the BJP headquarters on Sunday and dared the "prime minister to send anyone he wants to jail".

Here are 10 latest updates on the Swati Maliwal assault case:

  • Swati Maliwal has alleged that CM Arvind Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar attacked her with full force, slapping her in the face and kicking her in the chest and abdomen on May 13 when she had gone to meet the chief minister.
  • On Saturday, a senior police officer said Kumar was arrested from the chief minister's residence. The officer said he had gone there in the morning to meet Kejriwal. "He will be produced before a court, and police will seek his custody for further interrogation." 

Also read: Arvind Kejriwal's PA Bibhav Kumar 'slapped and kicked', AAP MP says

  • Police said they have recorded the statement of at least 10 people, including security personnel and other staff at the chief minister's residence, who were present at the time of the alleged assault on May 13.
  • Earlier in the day, Bibhav Kumar wrote to police, saying that he is ready to cooperate in their investigation, but they should also consider his complaint against Maliwal.
  • On Friday, Kumar filed a police complaint, alleging Maliwal breached the security of the CM's residence to gain unauthorised entry on May 13 and created a ruckus there. The CM's aide also alleged that when he tried to stop her she hurled abuses at him.

Also read: Swati Maliwal assault case LIVE Updates

  • Senior AAP leader Atishi addressed a press conference here in which she said if the Delhi Police is impartial, it should also register an FIR on Kumar's complaint.
  • Talking to PTI Videos, Atishi claimed the former DCW chief faces arrest in an illegal recruitment case and she was "blackmailed" by the BJP to become part of a "conspiracy" against Kejriwal. The cabinet minister alleged that Maliwal went to the chief minister's official residence on Monday without an appointment. 
  • "Why did she barge in? Why did she land up at the chief minister's residence without an appointment? Arvind Kejriwal was busy that day and did not meet her. If he had met her that day, the allegations levelled against Bibhav Kumar could have been levelled against him," Atishi said. She said Maliwal was made the face of this "conspiracy" by the BJP.

Also read: Delhi police reach CM Kejriwal's residence; Atishi urges for ‘unbiased probe’

  • "The BJP has a pattern. First they file cases and then threaten to send leaders to jail. Swati Maliwal is facing charges in an illegal recruitment case registered by the Anti-Corruption Branch. An FIR has been registered in the case and it is at a stage where she could be arrested. "The BJP blackmailed Maliwal and made her the face of this conspiracy," the AAP leader charged.
  • Meanwhile, another purported video of Maliwal from the day of the incident surfaced online. In the video, a woman security personnel is seen holding Maliwal by her arm while escorting her out of Kejriwal's residence. As they exit the main gate, Maliwal frees her arm from the security personnel's grip.

Also read: Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar files complaint, says AAP MP 'illegally' entered CM's house

  • Maliwal's medical examination was conducted at the AIIMS on Friday. According to the medico-legal certificate (MLC), she has "bruises over proximal left leg dorsal aspect of approx size 3x2 cm and right cheek elbow below right eye of approx size 2x2 cm"
  • The BJP, meanwhile, accused AAP leaders of tarnishing Maliwal's image by circulating "edited" videos.

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