Updated May 19th, 2024 at 10:56 IST

Swati Maliwal Assault Case: Court Sends Bibhav Kumar to 5-Day Police Custody

Catch the LIVE updates in the Swati Maliwal Assaultgate case here.

Reported by: Digital Desk
Edited by: Shweta Parande
Swati Maliwal Assault Case: Bibhav Kumar reaches Tis Hazari Court | Image:Republic
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New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Swati Maliwal's medical report on Saturday revealed that she sustained injuries in multiple areas of her body, including some internal injuries. The report mentions injuries under her eyes and on her leg, with visible marks. Earlier on Friday, Maliwal underwent a medical check-up and treatment at AIIMS Delhi for three hours, highlighting the severity of her condition.

According to her medico-legal certificate (MLC) from AIIMS Delhi, Maliwal 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".

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Hours later, the accused in the assault case and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar was arrested. Meanwhile, the former Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief has also alleged that the CCTV cameras installed at Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's residence were being tampered with. Taking to the microblogging site X on Friday night, Maliwal said, "I have received information that now these people are tampering with the CCTV of the house." She also tagged Delhi Police in her post.

Here are the updates so far in the Swati Maliwal assault case LIVE:

  • Court sends Bibhav Kumar to 5-day police custody

The Tis Hazari Court has sent Bibhav Kumar to police custody for five days in the Swati Maliwal assault case. The police had requested for a seven-day remand.

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  • Bibhav Kumar likely to be taken to CM's residence for recreating crime scene

Bibhav Kumar may be taken by the Delhi Police to the CM's residence for recreating the alleged crime scene. On May 17, the Delhi Police had taken complainant Swati Maliwal to the CM's residence for the same purpose.

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  • Court reserves order on 7-day custody demand of Bibhav Kumar

In the Swati Maliwal assault case, the Court has reserved order on the seven-day custody demand of Bibhav Kumar by the Delhi Police.

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Swati Maliwal posted a message on X during the hearing of Bibhav Kumar in court, alleging that the video in which she is seen shouting has been edited. She tweeted in Hindi, “पहले मुझे बेरहमी से Bibhav ने पीटा। थप्पड़ और लातें मारी। जब मैंने ख़ुद को छुड़ा के 112 कॉल करी, तो बाहर जाके सिक्योरिटी बुलायी और वीडियो बनाने लगा। मैं सिक्योरिटी को चीख चीख के बता रही थी की मुझे बहुत बेरहमी से Bibhav ने पीटा है। वो पूरा लंबा हिस्सा वीडियो का edit कर दिया गया। सिर्फ़ 50 सेकंड रिलीज़ किए गये जब मैं security वालों को समझा समझा के खीज चुकी थी। अब फ़ोन फॉर्मेट करके पूरी वीडियो Delete कर दी ? CCTV की फुटेज भी ग़ायब! साज़िश की भी हद्द है!” (First Bibhav beat me brutally. He slapped and kicked me. When I freed myself and called 112, he went outside and called the security and started making a video. I was screaming and telling the security that Bibhav had beaten me brutally. That entire long part of the video was edited. Only 50 seconds were released when I was fed up of explaining to the security guys. Now they formatted the phone and deleted the entire video? CCTV footage is also missing! Even conspiracy has its limits!")

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Rajeev Mohan, the counsel of Bibhav Kumar has put forward the following points as counter in court against Swati Maliwal:

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  1. The incident occured on 13th May, but the complaint was registered on 16th May.
  2. The videos and security report shows that what has been complained about by Swati Maliwal, the contrary has occured.
  3. Bibhav is just a normal P.S. (Personal Secretary). Why will he attack a Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament?
  4. There has been a lot of exaggeration and lies in the complaints of Swati Maliwal. For example, there was no torn shirt. Her head was not banged on the table, as has been alleged.
  5. Moreover, from the CCTV images that have been formally retrieved, Swati Maliwal shows no signs of extreme injury.
  6. The call to 112 is recorded, and the officer who goes to attend it is also recorded. In the record of PCR call, Delhi Police clearly records every single thing, if anyone is injured, his medical record is recorded. If there is any injury, he is sent to hospital for medical treatment.
  7. Swati Maliwal met the SHO (station house officer), and if there was deep injury to her body, why did the SHO not make any medical sheet?
  8. If there was real pain in the body, there would have been no politics/statements in the media on this issue. She is doing politics on this issue.
  9. Delhi Police is distorting facts.
  10. Even if the mobile formatting by Bibhav Kumar was true, the formatting of the mobile had nothing to do with the case, as nowhere in the complaint was it stated that Bibhav used to call or threaten by WhatsApp or call.
  • Police asks court for 7-day remand of Bibhav Kumar

The Delhi Police requested the Court for a seven-day remand of accused Bibhav Kumar.

  • Delhi Police personnel reach the residence of AAP MP Swati Maliwal, in Delhi

Delhi police personnel reach the residence of Aam Admi Party (AAP) MP Swati Maliwal in Delhi. 

  • Bibhav Kumar to be produced in Tis Hazari court anytime soon

Bibhav Kumar will be produced in the Tis Hazari court anytime now. Additional Public Prosecutor Atul Srivastava and Bibhav Kumar's lawyers have reached the court room.

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  • Bibhav Kumar taken for medical examination by Delhi Police 

Swati Maliwal Assaultgate accused Bibhav Kumar has been taken for medical examination by the Delhi Police beofre he appears in the Tis Hazari Court. Bibhav smiled at the media cameras while being taken to the hospital.

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  • Delhi Police convoy leaves with Bibhav Kumar for Tis Hazari Court

The Delhi Police have left with Bibhav Kumar for the Tis Hazari Court for his bail hearing in the Swati Maliwal assault case. 

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Delhi Minister Atishi alleged on Saturday that the city police arrested Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar at the same time his anticipatory bail plea was being heard in court. Addressing a press conference, Atishi said Kumar had filed a plea for anticipatory bail before the Tis Hazari court. Kumar was picked up for questioning by the Delhi Police around 11 am. As soon as he was taken for questioning, news channels started saying he had been arrested, she claimed. "This shows the BJP's conspiracy. Their intention is to disturb our election campaign and Arvind Kejriwal," she said.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of sending several Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders to jail. The AAP chief also said that he along with top leaders of the party would reach BJP headquarters at 12 pm on May 19.

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  • Tis Hazari court junks Bibhav Kumar’s anticipatory bail plea

Tis Hazari court reserved its verdict on Bibhav Kumar’s anticipatory bail plea. 

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  • Hearing in Swati Maliwal Assault Case Underway, Bibhav Kumar's Lawyers Claims Swati Breached CM's security 

Arvind Kejriwal's aide, Bibhav Kumar's lawyer Hariharan said that CCTV was present at the place where the incident took place. He added that to meet the CM, it is necessary to take an appointment first. But Swati reached CM’s residence directly, which is a direct breach in CM’s security, he added. Bibhav’s lawyer Hariharan added that CCTV was present at the place where the incident took place. He said, “Swati was told to wait inside drawing room. Then she forced her way inside to which she was stopped. She then retorted that you cannot stop me like this. I then briefed Bibhav about it and Bibhav then began speaking to security officers. From there Swati was respectfully escorted out. This is the security report. Video also being shown to the  judge.” 

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  • Bibhav kumar moves Tiz Hazari court

Arvind Kejriwal's aide, Bibhav Kumar has moved an anticipatory bail in Tis Hazari court, Delhi. The bail application will be heard today by the court.

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  • BJP says AAP ‘anti-aurat party’

BJP national spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla alleged that Kejriwal is making efforts to protect Kumar as his aide is in a position to expose the chief minister's damaging "secrets". In a swipe at the party, 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.
 

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  • Kejriwal mastermind behind assault: Naveen Jaihind

Swati Maliwal's ex-husband Naveen Jaihind claimed that CM Kejriwal is the main mastermind behind the assault case and he also should be arrested.

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  • Bibhav Kumar taken for medical test

Sources in Delhi Police has confirmed that Bibhav Kumar was taken for medical test and from there he will taken to Tis Hazari court.

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  • "Will cooperate in the investigation"

Advocate Karan Sharma representing Bibhav Kumar said, "We've not received any information from the police yet. We've sent them an e-mail that we will cooperate in the investigation."

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  • Delhi Police arrests Bibhav Kumar

Delhi Police has arrested Bibhav Kumar, the former Personal Secretary of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, in connection with Swati Maliwal's assault case. Earlier, Kumar was detained from CM Kejriwal's residence and was taken to the Civil Lines Police station.

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  • Faked limping, lie exposed: Atishi on Maliwal's allegations

Addressing the media on Saturday, AAP leader and Delhi minister Atishi said that Swati Maliwal has faked her limping and that her lie has been exposed in the new CCTV video clip that has surfaced. The video shows Maliwal being escorted out by the police and security guards. 

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  • Delhi Police officials arrive at Kejriwal's residence again

A team of Delhi Police arrives at the residence of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in connection with the AAP MP Swati Maliwal assault case. Additional DCP and ACP are present.
 

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  • When Swati Maliwal's assault case was recreated at CM's residence

Delhi Police sources said, “When Swati Maliwal recreated (what happened with her on May 13) Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's residence yesterday with FSL team, DVR recordings of CCTV footage of many places inside CM's residence were sealed. It will also be investigated whether there was any tampering with the footage.”
 

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  • ACB case used to hatch conspiracy against Bibhav Kumar: Atishi

AAP leader and Delhi minister Atishi said, "The way ED, CBI, anti-corruption bureau, Income tax dept, Economic Offences Wing were used to blackmail opposition leaders and make them join BJP, similarly in Swati Maliwal case also same formula was used. There is a case against Swati Maliwal by Anti-Corruption Bureau, FIR has been made and probe is underway and using this, Swati Maliwal was made to hatch this conspiracy and was used as a pawn...there should be an unbiased probe on who was in contact with whom, Swati Maliwali met which all BJP members and when, what conversation they had on call and on WhatsApp."
 

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  • AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj on Maliwal assault case:

Speaking on AAP MP Swati Maliwal assault case, Delhi Minister and AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj said, “She made the allegations of assault on May 13. A video of May 13 from the CM's residence surfaced, in which she was seen sitting on the sofa and commanding people. She did not seem like a victim in that video... However, in yesterday's video, she was walking with a limp. This is the contradiction. Anyone who would see this will know that this is a conspiracy. Senior leaders of the BJP are in contact with her... Delhi CM's residence has CCTV cameras. Delhi Police will get the footage today or tomorrow... Till now, it seems her version of the story is not true...”

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History as provided by the patient herself. A/H/O physical assault by one known person (Bibhav Kumar - PA to CM of Delhi) at CM House Delhi at 09:15 am 13/5/2024

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Comments: Patient complaints of being slapped multiple times after which she was pushed and her head hit a hard object. She fell on the floor and after that she was hit multiple times by legs over chest, abdomen, and pelvis. Patient at present is complaining of pain over thighs, pelvis, neck stiffness, and headache. patient brought to AIIMS TC via private vehicle, accompanied by SI Rachna 15605.
 

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  • AAP tweets the new footage 

The Aam Aadmi party (AAP) posted the video footage on X with the caption, “This video reveals the truth behind Swati Maliwal's allegations”. The voice-over in the video released by the AAP accuses Maliwal of staging a drama.

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  • New video showing Maliwal walking out of Kejriwal's home surfaces:
    A new video has emerged from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence which shows Swati Maliwal being escorted out by the police and security guards.

On Friday evening, a team of Delhi Police, led by Additional DCP Delhi North, Civil Lines Police Station SHO, and a team of forensic officials, did a probe at the CM's residence for scene recreation. Maliwal was also called there as part of the investigation into the alleged assault on her. The team of Delhi Police officials reached the chief minister's residence around 4.45 pm and reportedly investigate on the matter there till midnight.

In the FIR filed by the AAP MP, Maliwal has alleged that CM Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar has slapped her 7-8 times, pounced on her, dragged her and repeatedly kicked her in her stomach and pelvis area. "I pushed him away with my legs. At that time, he pounced on me, brutally dragged and deliberately pulled my shirt up," the FIR read. “After that, Bibhav Kumar did not relent and attacked me by kicking me in my chest, stomach and pelvis area with his legs”, she claimed. 

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Countering Maliwal's FIR, Kejriwal's aide Kumar has also filed a complaint with the Delhi Police saying the AAP MP breached the security of CM's residence and tried to "create a ruckus and assault" him on May 13. He also claimed that the former Delhi Commission for Women chairperson was "trying to falsely implicate" him in an effort to "create undue pressure". 

In the complaint filed via an e-mail to the Civil Lines Police Station SHO, Bibhav Kumar alleged that after Maliwal made "false claims of having an appointment so as to gain entry into the CM's residence" and "forcefully and illegally trespassed into the premises" and verbally abused him saying, "Tumhari himmat kaise hui ek MP ko rokne ki. Tumhari aukat kya hai. (How dare you stop an MP. What is your status)?”

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Amidst fast-paced developments during the day, a mobile phone video surfaced online in which Maliwal was seen sitting in a sofa at the CM's house and guards were trying to convince her to leave. She can be heard insisting on calling the police. Responding to the video, the police said they were aware of it but yet to verify its authenticity.
 

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Published May 18th, 2024 at 10:33 IST