16 May 2024

Swati Maliwal gives statement to Delhi Police; Arvind Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar booked; what Priyanka Gandhi said?

AAP leader Swati Maliwal, embroiled in a harassment controversy involving party chief Arvind Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar, has finally broken her silence by submitting a statement to the Delhi Police. The incident, sparking a heated political feud between the ruling party and the opposition BJP, saw Ms. Maliwal staying mum for four days.

Delhi Police have recorded Ms. Maliwal's statement and initiated a case against Arvind Kejriwal's aide Bibhav. A two-member police team, led by Assistant Commissioner of Police PS Kushwaha, visited Ms. Maliwal at her residence to gather information and document her statement. 

The National Commission for Women summoned Bibhav Kumar shortly before this police action.

An FIR has been filed against Kumar for assault, criminal intimidation, and outraging a woman's modesty, under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.

The incident occurred when Swati Maliwal was allegedly assaulted by Bibhav Kumar at the Chief Minister's residence in Delhi's Civil Lines area on Monday. AAP's Sanjay Singh confirmed the incident, stating that she was waiting to meet the Chief Minister when Kumar acted inappropriately.

Swati Maliwal, former chairperson of Delhi Women's Commission, has presented her stand publicly for the first time.

On Thursday, she wrote on the social media platform: "The last few days have been very difficult for me. I thank those who prayed. Those who tried to assassinate my character, saying that I was acting at the behest of the other party, God bless them too. Important elections are going on in the country, Swati Maliwal is not important, the issues of the country are important."

On the reactions being given by the Bharatiya Janata Party, she said, "I have a special request to the BJP people not to do politics on this incident."

'I always stand with women, no matter which party they belong to'

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday reacted to the alleged assault on  Swati Maliwal.

When Priyanka Gandhi was asked about this, she said, "If something wrong is happening or atrocities are being committed on women, then I always stand with them, no matter which party they belong to."

Priyanka told the journalist who asked the question, "You said that the Aam Aadmi Party will discuss among themselves. AAP leaders will take a decision among themselves, it is up to them."

Earlier, party leader Sanjay Singh had spoken to the media regarding the misbehavior with Swati Maliwal at Arvind Kejriwal's residence.

Sanjay Singh said in a press conference on Tuesday, "A very condemnable incident happened yesterday. Swati Maliwal had reached Arvind Kejriwal's residence to meet him. She was waiting for Kejriwal in the drawing room. Meanwhile, Vibhav Kumar reached there and misbehaved with her."

Sanjay Singh said, "Delhi CM has taken cognizance of this entire incident. He will take strict action in this matter. As far as Swati Maliwal ji is concerned, she has done a lot of work for the country and society. She is a senior and We are one of the old leaders."

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