Swati Maliwal assault case updates | Bibhav Kumar’s anticipatory bail plea infructuous, says court

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Updated - May 18, 2024 08:08 pm IST

Published - May 18, 2024 01:07 pm IST

AAP legal cell head Sanjeev Nasiar being stopped at Civil Lines Police Station where Bibhav Kumar is kept after his arrest in New Delhi, Saturday, May 18, 2024.

AAP legal cell head Sanjeev Nasiar being stopped at Civil Lines Police Station where Bibhav Kumar is kept after his arrest in New Delhi, Saturday, May 18, 2024. | Photo Credit: PTI

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s aide Bibhav Kumar has been detained by the Delhi Police a day after AAP Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal filed an FIR alleging that Mr. Kumar repeatedly assaulted her at the Chief Minister’s official residence.

In the FIR, Ms. Maliwal also claimed that Mr. Kumar hit her with “full force again and again” but no one came to her rescue.

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Ms. Maliwal, former Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief, has alleged that the CCTV cameras installed at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence were being tampered with, after the party has released a new video recordings claiming that Ms. Maliwal is “putting up a show” in front of the media. 

The Aam Aadmi Party has alleged that the BJP is ‘blackmailing’ party MP Swati Maliwal as part of the ‘conspiracy’ against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

AAP leader Atishi on Saturday claimed that Ms. Maliwal is facing arrest in an illegal recruitment case and she was “blackmailed” by the BJP to become part of the “conspiracy” against the Chief Minister.

Here are the live updates on May 18:

  • May 18, 2024 18:34
    Bibhav Kumar’s anticipatory bail plea infructuous, says court

    The anticipatory bail plea of Bibhav Kumar has become infructuous as he has been arrested, a Delhi court observed on Saturday.

    Additional Sessions Judge Sushil Anuj Tyagi, while dictating the order to the court staff on the anticipatory bail plea, noted that Additional Public Prosecutor Atul Kumar Srivastava appeared through videoconferencing around 4.45 p.m. and informed the court that Kumar has already been arrested in the case.

    “On court query, the additional public prosecutor for the state submitted that the applicant was arrested at about 4.15 p.m.,” the judge said.

    The judge noted Mr. Srivastava’s submissions that Mr. Kumar’s wife had been duly informed about his arrest.

    “Since, the applicant (Kumar) has already been arrested, the present application is disposed of being infructuous,” the court said.

    “Copy of this order be also sent to the investigating officer or station house officer concerned for information and necessary action,” it said. - PTI

  • May 18, 2024 17:13
    Investigation and his arrest should have been ordered by the AAP itself: BJP leader Radhika Khera
  • May 18, 2024 16:14
    “People are watching, they will not forgive him”: MP CM slams Kejriwal

    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav criticised Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal for the alleged manhandling of Swati Maliwal by his personal assistant Bibhav Kumar.

    CM Yadav also said that whatever needed to be said should be said by Mr. Kejriwal into the matter as it all happened at his residence.

    “Whatever needs to be said should be said by Arvind Kejriwal as it all happened at his party and residence. An FIR has been lodged and an arrest has been made into the matter. People are watching all these things and they will not forgive him (Mr. Kejriwal),” Mr. Yadav told ANI.

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  • May 18, 2024 15:06
    Bibhav Kumar to be produced before court

    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.

    “He will be produced before a court and police will seek his custody for further interrogation,” an officer said.

    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 Ms. Maliwal.

    On Friday, Mr. Kumar filed a police complaint, alleging Ms. Maliwal breached the security of the CM’s residence to gain unauthorised entry on May 13 and created a ruckus there.

    -PTI

  • May 18, 2024 14:39
    BJP says AAP ‘anti-aurat party’, resorting to victim-shaming

    BJP national spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla alleged that Arvind Kejriwal is making efforts to protect Bhibav Kumar as his aide is in a position to expose the chief minister’s damaging “secrets”.

    In a swipe at the party, Mr. Poonawalla told reporters that AAP is essentially an “anti-aurat party (anti-women party)“ as he cited past allegations of mistreatment of women involving its leaders.

    With AAP claiming that Ms. Maliwal is acting at the BJP’s behest, Mr. Poonawalla cited another AAP leader and Delhi Commission for Women member Vandana Singh’s support to the Rajya Sabha MP to hit out at the party.

    He noted Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s criticism of AAP over the issue to ask if the Lok Sabha MP has also become a BJP agent, an allegation levelled against Ms. Maliwal by her party.

    -PTI

  • May 18, 2024 14:26
    BJP accuses AAP of circulating ‘edited’ videos to malign Swati Maliwal

    The Delhi BJP Saturday accused AAP leaders of circulating “edited” videos to tarnish the image of their own party MP Swati Maliwal.

    It is regrettable that “edited” videos are being circulated on social media groups since Friday in an attempt to “defame” Ms. Maliwal, Delhi BJP president Virendra Sachdeva claimed.

    “Now that the entire Aam Aadmi Party is tarnishing the image of Swati Maliwal, it’s time Kejriwal comes forward and speaks on the matter,” Mr. Sachdeva said.

    -PTi

  • May 18, 2024 14:04
    AAP says Bibhav Kumar arrested without being given copy of FIR

    Sanjeev Nasiar, State president of AAP legal cell, says that Bibhav Kumar has been arrested without being given a copy of the FIR. 

    “We have filed an application in the court saying that we have not yet received a copy of the FIR. The order is reserved till 4 p.m. but now I have come to know that he has been brought (to Civil Lines police station) without any notice. Now we want to go inside but we are being stopped...” he said.

    -Alisha Dutta

  • May 18, 2024 13:55
    Maliwal has injuries on left leg and right cheek: Medical report

    AAP MP Swati Maliwal, who was allegedly assaulted by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s personal aide Bibhav Kumar, has bruises over her left leg dorsal and right cheek, according to her medical report.

    Confirming the medico-legal certificate (MLC) report, a senior police official told The Hindu that Ms. Maliwal has received injury on her left leg and above her right cheek bone.

    Read the story here.

  • May 18, 2024 13:30
    AAP MP Raghav Chadha arrives at Kejriwal’s official residence

    AAP Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha on May 18 arrived at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s official residence, amid controversy over the alleged assault of Swati Maliwal. 

    Mr. Chadha had undergone an eye surgery in the UK and was away for a long duration. Questions were also raised over his absence, but the party had said that he will be back once he recovers.

    Read the story here.

  • May 18, 2024 13:22
    Delhi Minister Atishi shows CCTV footage from CM Kejriwal’s residence

    AAP leader Atishi shows CCTV footage of CM Arvind Kejriwal’s residence to the media while addressing the Swati Maliwal assault case at the party office, in New Delhi on May 18, 2024. The party has released video recordings claiming that Ms. Maliwal is “putting up a show”.

  • May 18, 2024 13:09
    Bibhav Kumar detained by the Delhi Police

    Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s private secretary Bibhav Kumar has been detained by the Delhi Police in connection with Swati Maliwal’s case.

    He has been taken to the Civil Lines Police station.

    According to Delhi Police sources, Mr. Kumar was detained from the premises of the CM’s residence.

    -Alisha Dutta

  • May 18, 2024 13:08
    BJP using Swati Maliwal: AAP

    AAP minister Atishi says that the BJP put Anti Corruption Bureau to investigate a case involving Swati Maliwal.

    “This case is just another instance of the BJP trying to use her and ensuring that she takes the path that other turncoats from different parties, joins BJP to take forward their agenda right before the election,” she said.

    -Alisha Dutta

  • May 18, 2024 13:08
    Swati Maliwal alleges CCTV tampering at Delhi Chief Minister’s house

    While Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Rajya Sabha MP and former Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal has alleged that the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence were being tampered with, the party has released a new video recordings claiming that Ms. Maliwal is “putting up a show” in front of the media. 

    In a post on X on May 17, Ms. Maliwal said, “I have got the information that these people are now tampering with the residence’s CCTV footage.”

    Read the story here.

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