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Maliwal case: Kejriwal's aide fails to appear before NCW

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Utkarsh Mishra
Last updated on: May 17, 2024 17:48 IST
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar did not appear before the National Commission for Women (NCW) on Friday in connection with the alleged assault on AAP Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal.

IMAGE: National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Rekha Sharma addresses a press conference regarding the alleged assault on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal PS Bibhav Kumar, in New Delhi on Friday. Photograph: Amit Sharma/ANI Photo

The NCW had summoned Kumar to appear before it at 11 am.

NCW chief Rekha Sharma said a team of the commission had gone to Kumar's residence on Thursday to serve him a notice, but he was not home.


"Kumar's wife refused to receive the notice. My team has gone to his residence again today with police and if he does not appear (before NCW) by tomorrow, then we will go personally to inquire," Sharma told reporters.

She also said that she would meet Maliwal.

"I was telling Swati ji on Twitter (now X) to speak up, but I think she was traumatised because this incident happened at her (party) leader's house... an MP, who has always raised issues concerning women, was beaten.

"Despite our differences, we have always stood by each other... once she feels a bit better, I will personally meet Swati. I hope she is better now, but I understand it would take time for her to come out of the trauma," the NCW chief said.

On Kejriwal's silence on the issue, Sharma said it shows that he does not care about anything.

"This is an indication that he is siding with Bibhav. Instead of supporting a woman, he is supporting a perpetrator. He distributes freebies in the name of women, but when a woman is being beaten in his house, he turns a blind eye and takes no action against the man responsible," she said.

"Kejriwal has clearly chosen his side, which is with Bibhav," she added.

While the police are conducting a probe, Sharma said, the NCW will also send its inquiry team.

On Monday morning, Maliwal went to the Civil Lines police station in New Delhi and alleged that a member of Kejriwal's personal staff 'assaulted' her at the chief minister's official residence, police officials said.

The NCW took suo moto cognisance of a media post titled 'Ex-DCW chief Swati Maliwal accuses Arvind Kejriwal's personal secretary of assaulting her' where she claimed that she was brutally assaulted at the chief minister's residence by Kumar.

The Delhi Police on Thursday registered an FIR in connection with the alleged assault on Maliwal. Kumar has been named as an accused in the case, officials said.

Kumar allegedly kicked and slapped Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal multiple times and did not relent even as she screamed for help, according to the FIR.

The details of the alleged assault emerged as Maliwal appeared before a magistrate to record her statement in the case on Friday.

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