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Maliwal assault case: HC reserves order on bail plea by Delhi CM's aide Bibhav Kumar

Updated on: 10 July,2024 09:45 PM IST  |  New Delhi

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday said it will on July 12 pronounce order on whether to grant bail to Bibhav Kumar in the case

Maliwal assault case: HC reserves order on bail plea by Delhi CM's aide Bibhav Kumar

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Maliwal assault case: HC reserves order on bail plea by Delhi CM's aide Bibhav Kumar

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday said it will on July 12 pronounce order on whether to grant bail to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar in the case pertaining to alleged assault on AAP MP Swati Maliwal.

Justice Anoop Kumar Mendiratta reserved verdict on the bail plea moved by Kumar in relation to the case after hearing his counsel as well as the lawyers appearing for the Delhi Police and Maliwal.

"Order reserved. Keep for order on Friday," the judge said.

Senior counsel for the police opposed the bail plea, saying investigation is going on and a charge sheet would be filed on or before July 16.

"On or before July 16, we will file the charge sheet. We are in the midst of investigation," said senior advocate Sanjay Jain representing the police.

Maliwal was also present in the court and said she has been subjected to threats, trolling and victim shaming since the incident.

"Not only was I brutally assaulted, my entire life's work has been taken away," she said.

Maliwal said post the incident, several ministers of her own party, as well as the chief minister, came out in support of the accused as they claimed that she has “filed a false case”.

Kumar's senior lawyer argued that his custody was no longer required as the probe was over.

"He has entered day 54th in custody. All necessary investigation is complete. This amounts to pe-trial punishment," said the lawyer.

It was also contended that there was no reason as to why the chief minister's political secretary would assault a member of Parliament.

"It is highly unimaginable that without any cause, the political secretary will choose to beat her up... (the reason behind the FIR) that I can manage to think is that it is a question of ego," he said.

Kumar's lawyer also emphasised that no offence under section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) was made out and no notice was given by the police before arresting him.

"Case under section 308 is not made out. There are two bruises -- one of cheek and one of thigh... Nature of the complaint belies natural conduct," it was submitted.

The police said there was an apprehension that the petitioner could influence the investigation and tamper with evidence.

The court was also assured that Kumar was arrested in due compliance with all the laws.

Kumar, presently in judicial custody, allegedly assaulted Maliwal on May 13 at Kejriwal's official residence. He was arrested on May 18.

An FIR was registered against Kumar on May 16 under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code, including those related to criminal intimidation, assault or criminal force on a woman with the intent to disrobe, and attempt to commit culpable homicide.

The Tis Hazari court had on June 7 refused to grant bail to Kumar, saying he was facing "grave and serious" charges and that there was an apprehension that he could influence witnesses.

Kumar's first bail plea was dismissed on May 27 by another sessions court which said there appeared to be no "pre-meditation" by Maliwal in lodging the FIR and that her allegations could not be "swiped away".

The petition has said the present instance was a "classic case" of abuse of criminal machinery as although both Kumar and Maliwal lodged complaints against each other, only her matter was being investigated.

"The complainant is an influential person being the Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha and no investigation is being done on the part of complaint given by the petitioner regarding breach by the complainant is demonstrated by the Breach Report prepared at the date of incident by the Officials deputed at the CM Camp Office," the plea said.

"The entire allegations, as levelled by the complainant are not only unbelievable/unnatural, but clearly depict the falsity in the same. The complainant realised that her act of misbehaviour/misconduct/trespass had been recorded in CCTV cameras and further the pressure and threats are of no help for meeting with the Hon’ble Chief Minister, accordingly she left the premises by threatening the complainant and the staff members of dire consequences," it alleged. Another bench of the high court has reserved its verdict on Kumar's petition challenging his arrest. 

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