Arvind Kejriwal was home when Bibhav Kumar assaulted me: Swati Maliwal

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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal on Thursday recounted the May 13 incident involving Arvind Kejriwal’s aide Bibhav Kumar, claiming that the Delhi Chief Minister was at his residence when Kumar allegedly assaulted her.

In an interview with news agency ANI, Swati Maliwal revisited the turn of events on May 13 and said “I had gone to see Arvind Kejriwal at his residence at around 9 am on May 13. His staff asked me to sit in the drawing room and told me that Arvind ji was at home and was coming to meet me shortly.”

“Next moment, Bibhav Kumar barged into the drawing room and I asked her if something was wrong. At that, he started hitting me. He slapped me 7-8 times with full force. When I tried to push him away, he grabbed my leg and began to drag me. My head hit the centre table. I fell on the floor, after which he started kicking me”, Maliwal added.

She further said she screamed for help, but “it fell on deaf ears”.

“It was strange that no one turned up to help me,” she said.

When asked if Bibhav Kumar was acting on instructions given by someone, Maliwal said, “That is all a matter of investigation now. I am fully cooperating with the Delhi Police (in the probe). But yes, I am not giving anyone a clean chit. Because the fact remains that when I was in the drawing room, Arvind Kejriwal was at home.”

“I did not care about my own safety, my career and to what extent these people could have gone with me. I just thought to myself like I tell every woman to side by the truth, lodge genuine complaints, but if something wrong has been done to you, you stand up and fight against it. That’s exactly what I am doing today,” Maliwal said.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Swati Maliwal claimed that senior AAP leaders were under pressure to act against her as the political slugfest over her alleged assault case has further intensified.

She claimed that an AAP leader called and told her that some members of the party were made to “say dirty things” or “break her by leaking personal photos”.

A major political slugfest has erupted over the alleged assault on Swati Maliwal as the BJP has been launching continuous attacks on the Arvind Kejriwal-led party and the Delhi Chief Minister himself.

While, the AAP has been claiming that the assault allegations on Kejriwal’s former personal assistant are a conspiracy hatched by the saffron party.

The matter is under investigation by the Delhi Police.

With inputs from ANI

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May 23, 2024



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