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Delhi High Court refuses to grant interim relief to CM Arvind Kejriwal, next hearing on April 3

A bench of Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma issued a notice to the ED on the Delhi Chief Minister’s plea seeking immediate release and declaring his arrest and remand as illegal.

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In a major setback for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to allow any interim relief to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is in the custody of the Enforcement Directorate. The High Court also issued notice on Kejriwal’s plea and scheduled the matter for further hearing on April 3.

A bench comprising Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma issued a notice to the ED on the Delhi Chief Minister’s plea seeking immediate release and declaring his arrest and remand as illegal. The High Court asked the investigation agency to file its reply within April 2.

The Delhi High Court further rejected the contention of senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi who appeared for Arvind Kejriwal and argued that no reply from ED was required. The court pointed out that it is duty-bound to hear both sides fairly keeping in mind the principles of natural justice and hence ED’s reply is essential and crucial to decide the present case.

The court remarked that having regard to the nature of issues raised in the plea, it is of the opinion that the respondent has to be granted an opportunity to file a reply, as an opportunity for effective representation. It added that declining the opportunity to the respondent to file a response would amount to denial of fair hearing as well as violation of one of the principles of natural justice, that is audi- alteram partem, which is applicable to both the parties and not one.

In addition, the ED is likely to produce Arvind Kejriwal in a court on Thursday as his present remand will conclude tomorrow. The investigation agency arrested CM Kejriwal last Thursday in connection with the Delhi liquor policy case and sought a six-day custody starting from March 22. The nodal agency may seek an extension of Kejriwal’s custodial remand or seek court directions for sending him into judicial custody.

Meanwhile, Arvind Kejriwal’s wife Sunita Kejriwal said that the Chief Minister has proof and that he will reveal everything about the location of the money related to the so-called liquor policy scam in the court tomorrow. 

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Delhi Police arrest Bibhav Kumar for allegedly assaulting AAP MP Swati Maliwal

In her complaint, Swati Maliwal accused Arvind Kejriwal’s personal assistant of repeatedly slapping her and kicking her in the stomach and pelvic area when she went to the Delhi Chief Minister’s residence on May 13.

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The Delhi Police on Saturday arrested Bibhav Kumar, aide and former personal secretary of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in connection with the alleged assault of AAP MP Swati Maliwal. The development comes 2 days after Delhi Police registered a case against Kumar following a complaint by Maliwal. In her complaint, Maliwal accused Arvind Kejriwal’s personal assistant of repeatedly slapping her and kicking her in the stomach and pelvic area when she went to the Delhi Chief Minister’s residence on May 13.

On Saturday, AAP minister Atishi claimed the BJP made Swati Maliwal file the FIR using an old ACB case as leverage. She said Anti Corruption Bureau of the BJP has filed a case against Swati Maliwal regarding the illegal recruitment of contractual employees in Delhi Commission for Women. A chargesheet has been filed and the time of conviction is coming and the AAP party said that it believes that Swati Maliwal is being included in the conspiracy by using this case. Atishi said how the entire machinery of BJP, from Delhi Police to the MHA is working, was seen yesterday in Tis Hazari Court.

On Friday, the Delhi Police took Swati Maliwal to the Delhi chief minister’s residence to recreate the crime scene. Her statement was recorded before a magistrate at the Tis Hazari court. A counter-complaint has been filed by Bibhav Kumar with the Civil Lines police station in which he alleged that Maliwal had forcefully and unauthorised entered the Delhi CM’s residence.

 He also claimed that the former Delhi Commission for Women chairperson tried to create a ruckus and assault him. Kejriwal’s aide also claimed that the Rajya Sabha MP intended to harm the AAP chief and he strongly objected. Bibhav Kumar said a copy of the FIR has been sent to all the media houses by the BJP but BJP’s police are saying that they cannot give it to the accused.

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Deve Gowda says he has no objection to the action taken against his grandson Prajwal Revanna if found guilty in sexual abuse case

The former Prime Minister said, there are many people connected to this (sexual abuse case) and he did not want to take anyone’s names.

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JD(S) Supremo H D Deve Gowda, who turned 92 on Saturday, broke his silence over the sexual abuse charges levelled against his grandson and MP Prajwal Revanna and said he did not have any objection to the action taken against him if he was found guilty. But, he said the cases against his son and JD(S) MLA H D Revanna, who is facing charges of sexual harassment and kidnap of a woman, had been created. He did not comment on the matter further, as the matter was subjudice.

Recently, Deve Gowda had announced his decision that he will not celebrate his birthday and requested all party workers and well wishers to wish him from wherever they are. He said he did not want to make any comments on things that are taking place in the court regarding Revanna. He further added Prajwal Revanna has gone abroad, regarding that Kumaraswamy has on behalf of his family said it is the duty of the government to take action in accordance with the law of the land.

Talking to the media, the former Prime Minister said, there are many people connected to this (sexual abuse case) and he did not want to take anyone’s names. Kumaraswamy commented on the issue and said that those who are involved in this crime, action must be taken against all of them, and the affected women should get justice and compensation. 

He said there is no objection from his party for taking action against Prajwal. But people have come to know (facts) about the allegations made against Revanna and how the case has been created. In one case he has got the bail, in another case the judgment is awaited. He said he did not want to comment on it and said that no one should be spared if found guilty.

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Swati Maliwal reacts to viral video, refers accused as political hitman

The Rajya Sabha MP added that the political hitman is getting his people to tweet and play videos without any context.

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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal has reacted to the viral video, allegedly shot at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence. The video shows the Rajya Sabha MP in a heated confrontation with the staff. 

Reacting to the viral video on X, formerly Twitter, Swati Maliwal said that like every time, this political hitman has started efforts to save himself.  She was apparently referring to Bibhav Kumar, whom she accused of assaulting her. 

The Rajya Sabha MP added that the political hitman is getting his people to tweet and play videos without any context. She added that the truth will be revealed to everyone as soon as the CCTV footage of the house and the room is checked.

She concluded that he may fall to whatever level he can, but God is watching everything, and one day everyone’s truth will come out in front of the world. Earlier, Swati Maliwal has alleged that she was assaulted by the Chief Minister’s personal assistant, Bibhav Kumar, when she sought time to meet the Chief Minister that day. 

In the viral video, shared across the social media platforms, Swati Maliwal can be seen engaged in a heated exchange with staff members who are requesting her to exit the drawing room. 

In the footage, Bibhav Kumar, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s former PA implicated in the assault allegations, is seen present in the room while other staff are speaking with Swati Maliwal. Additionally, MP Swati Maliwal is also heard issuing a threat to one of the staff members, vowing to ensure their job termination. However, the authenticity of the video remains unverified.

In the formal complaint lodged with the Delhi Police, Swati Maliwal detailed a disturbing sequence of events, alleging that Bibhav Kumar subjected her to multiple instances of physical violence. Maliwal alleged that Bibhav Kumar repeatedly slapped her at least seven to eight times while she continued to cry. She also said that she was dragged and kicked in the chest, stomach, and pelvis area.

The complaint stated that when she entered the office and attempted to reach the Chief Minister’s PA, Bibhav Kumar, she was unable to find him. She then entered the residence and was told to wait in the drawing room, when Bibhav Kumar suddenly entered, shouting and abusing her. The alleged assault took place on May 13, when she visited the Civil Lines residence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. 

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