Swati Maliwal assault case takes curious turn amid poll heat

AAP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal

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Strict punishment will be given in Swati Maliwal assault incident, says Sanjay Singh

By Our Special Correspondent

New Delhi, May 14: Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Sanjay Singh on Tuesday admitted that his party colleague and Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal was assaulted at the residence of the Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal. Singh admitted that the Delhi CM’s personal assistant, Vibhav Kumar, assaulted Maliwal.

“While Maliwal was waiting in the drawing hall at the residence of the chief minister, Vibhav Kumar came there and indulged in inappropriate behaviour. The chief minister has assured that strict action will be taken against Kumar,” said Singh, while speaking to reporters. This was first official reaction from the AAP on the incident.

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Singh also said that Maliwal is a senior AAP leader. “She has been a founding member of the AAP. Maliwal is a committed leader of the AAP,” added Singh.

Reports said that Maliwal had called “Dial 100” from the residence of the Delhi chief minister. The police later said that she had also gone to a police station. But the Rajya Sabha MP didn’t submit a written complaint against the accused in the assault case.

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Maliwal recently returned from abroad. She and the AAP leader Raghav Chadha had been abroad during the jail term of Kejriwal.

There are suggestions in a section of the media reports that Maliwal is being pressured to give up her Rajya Sabha membership. There are claims that she was asked to resign from the post of the Rajya Sabha MP.

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Maliwal was the chairperson of the Delhi Commission of Women before becoming the Rajya Sabha MP. Sources in the AAP claim that Kejriwal is keen to help a leading lawyer get elected to the Rajya Sabha. Maliwal has reportedly refused to resign.

Delhi chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Virendra Sachdeva has sought enquiry into the assault case against the Rajya Sabha MP. “Maliwal asked some tough questions from the leadership of the AAP. We seen a thorough probe into the case,” Sachdeva told reporters.

The incident has come within days of Kejriwal getting an interim bail to campaign for the Lok Sabha elections. Kejriwal is holding public meetings and roadshows after his release from the Tihar Jail.

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