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AAP admits Kejriwal's PS misbehaved with Maliwal; says 'strict action' to be taken

Police have not yet received a formal complaint.
hemin Joy
Last Updated : 14 May 2024, 12:31 IST
Last Updated : 14 May 2024, 12:31 IST

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New Delhi: Unveiling the mask over the controversial incident, AAP on Tuesday admitted that Arvind Kejriwal's personal secretary Bibhav Kumar 'misbehaved' with Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal at the Delhi Chief Minister's residence and said 'strict action' will be taken in the issue.

On Monday, Maliwal had called police and informed them that Kumar had assaulted her though she later did not file an official complaint despite going to a police station. There was no statement from Maliwal, the Chief Minister's Office or AAP till now.

Senior AAP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Kumar told reporters that a 'very condemnable incident' took place in Kejriwal's residence on Monday involving Maliwal and Kumar.

"Yesterday, Maliwal went to meet Arvind Kejriwal at his residence. While she was waiting to meet him in the drawing room, Bibhav Kumar misbehaved with her. This is a highly condemnable incident. Kejriwal has taken cognizance of it and will take strict action in the incident," he said.

Singh also said Maliwal had called police and given information about it. 

Maliwal is a senior leader of AAP and the party is fully behind her, he said, adding that Kejriwal had taken the issue seriously. "AAP will not tolerate such actions," he added.

Police on Monday said she had called twice to the control room claiming that she was assaulted inside the Chief Minister's residence. Later she also went to Civil Lines Police Station though she did not file a formal complaint.

The BJP took up the issue alleging that the incident took place when Kejriwal was present at his residence. Meanwhile, the National Commission for Women (NCW) said it 'vows action, demanding justice' from Delhi Police, besides sending an inquiry team themselves. "Perpetrators must be held accountable. NCW will be sending a formal letter to Delhi Police to send an ATR in this matter in three days," NCW had said.

According to police, they received a call in their control room at 9.34 am from a woman who said she had been assaulted at the Delhi Chief Minister's residence. "After some time, the MP came to the police station. However, she left stating she will give a complaint later," Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) M K Meena told reporters on Monday.

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Published 14 May 2024, 12:31 IST

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