Arvind Kejriwal’s PA Bibhav Kumar detained over alleged assault on AAP MP Swati Maliwal

Former personal secretary and aide of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Bibhav Kumar, was detained by the Delhi Police on Saturday in connection with the alleged assault of AAP MP Swati Maliwal.

According to reports from PTI, Kumar was picked up from the Chief Minister’s residence by a Delhi Police team around noon. He has been taken to the police station for interrogation.

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The latest development comes in the wake of a storm hitting the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), where the party’s sole woman Member of Parliament (MP) – Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal – accused Kumar of physical assault, verbal abuse, criminal intimidation, and molestation at Arvind Kejriwal’s official residence earlier this week.

Who is Bibhav Kumar?

Bibhav Kumar, considered the “bridge” to Kejriwal and his eyes and ears, according to party insiders, has been a man Friday to the AAP convenor since before the party’s formation. Initially an employee at Kabir, an NGO run by Kejriwal’s closest aide Manish Sisodia, Kumar was later chosen by Kejriwal as his Personal Secretary.

Over the years, Kumar’s role has grown closer to Kejriwal, becoming his personal and political manager. He handles various tasks, from managing Kejriwal’s insulin doses (as the Chief Minister is diabetic) to handling his personal phone. Kumar has also been involved in the expansion of the party and managing Kejriwal’s household, Chief Minister’s Office, and camp office.

What is the relationship of Bibhav Kumar with Swati Maliwal?

Bibhav Kumar and Swati Maliwal have known each other for around two decades, according to AAP insiders. They collaborated on several joint projects related to various civil society causes when Maliwal worked at Arvind Kejriwal’s NGO Public Cause Research Foundation (PCRF), and Kumar was at Sisodia’s NGO Kabir.

As the investigation into the alleged assault continues, the detention of Bibhav Kumar has further intensified the controversy surrounding the Aam Aadmi Party.