Swati Maliwal case: Delhi Police team at CM Kejriwal’s residence, seizes CCTV digital video recorder

The Delhi Police booked Bibhav Kumar for molestation and attempted culpable homicide after AAP Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal's complaint

BySouth First Desk

Published May 19, 2024 | 4:43 PM Updated May 19, 2024 | 4:43 PM

Alleged assault on AAP MP Swati Maliwal

A Delhi Police team reached the official residence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday, 19 May to collect the CCTV footage in connection with its investigation into the alleged assault on AAP Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal, sources said.

They said the police team collected electronic devices including CCTV DVR (digital video recorder) to potentially get the footage of the alleged assault on Maliwal on 13 May when Bibhav Kumar, Kejriwal’s close aide, allegedly attacked her at the chief minister’s residence.

Maliwal has alleged that the CCTV footage of the chief minister’s residence was being tampered with.

Swati Maliwal’s allegation

Kumar was arrested on Saturday, and produced in a court which remanded him to five days of police custody. The sources said Kumar is evasive in his replies during his interrogation.

The Delhi Police booked Kumar for molestation and attempted culpable homicide after Maliwal’s complaint. According to the FIR, Maliwal was “kicked and slapped seven to eight times” allegedly by Kumar. The FIR also stated that Kumar “did not relent” despite her asking him to stop.

Maliwal has also claimed that Kumar hit her with “full force again and again” but no one came to her rescue.

The FIR includes charges under sections 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide), 341 (wrongful restraint), 354(B) (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 509 (word, gesture, or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code at the Civil Lines police station.

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What AAP said?

Addressing a press conference recently, senior AAP leader Atishi Marlena said Maliwal had reached the chief minister’s residence without an appointment and she intended to level allegations against Kejriwal.

Amidst fast-paced developments, a mobile phone video surfaced online in which Maliwal was seen sitting on a sofa at the chief minister’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 yet to verify its authenticity.

“A video has surfaced that has exposed the lie of Maliwal. In her FIR, she said she was brutally assaulted and she was in pain, her clothes were torn and the buttons of her shirt were torn. The video that has surfaced shows an entirely different reality,” Atishi said.

Atishi said the video shows Maliwal “comfortably sitting in the drawing room” and “threatening the security staff”, and that “her clothes were not torn”.

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“The video shows her threatening Kumar. The charges levelled by Maliwal are baseless. Maliwal insisted on meeting Kejriwal. She is a Rajya Sabha MP and she should know that the CM has a busy schedule. Kumar told her that the Chief Minister was busy and unable to meet her. She shouted at him, pushed him and tried to enter the residential portion of the CM House,” she claimed.

However, on 14 May, senior AAP leader and MP Sanjay Singh said that the incident with Maliwal was “highly condemnable” and claimed that Kumar had “misbehaved” with her.

(Edited by Neena with PTI inputs)