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Maliwal 'Assault' Case: AAP MP Breaks Down During Hearing, Calls Out YouTuber Dhruv Rathee; Bibhav Kumar Denied Bail

Delhi Court was hearing a bail plea filed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar, whose judicial custody is set to end tomorrow (May 28).

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AAP MP Swati Maliwal | Photo: PTI
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Tears rolled down the face of AAP MP Swati Maliwal inside the Court on Monday after a lawyer of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar reportedly said that she chose the spot of the alleged assault on May 13 at the Delhi CM’s house because there was no CCTV, which could record the incident.

The court has rejected the bail plea by Kejriwal's aide Kumar in connection with the Maliwal assault case. Kumar had moved a bail plea before Delhi’s Tis Hazari court that heard the arguments of both sides before dumping his plea.

Earlier, in her response, Maliwal has slammed AAP's "army of trolls", blamed a popular YouTuber Dhruv Rathee for increasing rape and death threats, and told the court that if Kumar was granted bail, then "there is danger to my life, as well as my family's".

The Tis Hazari Court in Delhi was hearing a bail plea filed by Kejriwal's aide, whose judicial custody is set to end tomorrow after it was extended for four days on May 24. He was arrested on May 18.

What Maliwal told the court:

Maliwal has also told the court that she has been repeatedly called a BJP agent since she reported the alleged assault.

"They (AAP) have an army of trolls. The entire party machinery has been deployed. Continuous press conferences were held against me. This man (Bibhav Kumar) is not normal," she said reportedly.

Without mentioning the name of YouTuber Dhruv Rathee, Maliwal told the court that "a YouTuber, who was earlier a volunteer, made a one-sided video. After the video, I started getting death and rape threats continuously".

Earlier, Maliwal had called out the YouTuber for posting the video and said in a tweet, ""After the leaders and volunteers of my party i.e. AAP orchestrated a campaign of character assassination, victim shaming and fanning of emotions against me, I have been getting rape and death threats. This got further exacerbated when YouTuber Dhruv Rathee posted a one-sided video against me."

While presenting his arguments, Maliwal's lawyer said Kumar was not cooperating in the investigation and evading questions asked by the police.

"If Swati Maliwal had trespassed, as per Bibhav Kumar's lawyer, then why has there been no complaint in this regard? Her medical examination was done three-four days later, but that does not mean that it has no meaning. It still matters," he said.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police counsel said, "How was it trespassing when she was asked to wait there (Chief Minister's residence). She wasn’t the trespasser, Bibhav was the trespasser."

Maliwal alleged assault case:

A massive political controversy broke out in Delhi two weeks ago when Maliwal alleged Kejriwal's aide Kumar hit her with "full force again and again" and she was "kicked and slapped seven-to-eight times" at the Chief Minister's residence.

In response, Kejriwal has said justice will be served with a fair investigation into the assault case as there are two versions of it.

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