Delhi Court Denies Bail to Arvind Kejriwal's Aide Amid Witness Influence Fears

A Delhi sessions court dismissed the bail plea of Arvind Kejriwal's aide, Bibhav Kumar, citing fears of witness intimidation. Kumar faces charges of assault against AAP MP Swati Maliwal. This is his second bail attempt, and he is currently in judicial custody. The High Court has reserved its verdict on his arrest challenge.

PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 07-06-2024 21:15 IST | Created: 07-06-2024 21:15 IST
Delhi Court Denies Bail to Arvind Kejriwal's Aide Amid Witness Influence Fears
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A Delhi sessions court on Friday rejected the bail application of Bibhav Kumar, an aide to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, citing apprehensions that Kumar could potentially influence witnesses if released.

Kumar has been accused of assaulting AAP Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal on May 13 at the chief minister's residence.

This marks Kumar's second attempt to secure bail. Judge Ekta Gauba Mann underscored that the investigation remains in its early stages and expressed concerns about the victim's safety and that of her family due to ongoing threats.

Judge Mann stated, ''There is every apprehension that the applicant or accused Bibhav Kumar would influence the witnesses if at liberty,'' leading to the denial of bail. Kumar has been placed in 14 days of judicial custody since May 31.

Concurrently, the Delhi High Court has put on hold its decision regarding Kumar's plea challenging his arrest. His initial bail application had been dismissed with the sessions court finding no evidence of pre-meditation by Maliwal in filing the FIR.

Kumar was arrested on May 18 and was taken into police custody for five days immediately after. An FIR was lodged against him on May 16 under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including charges of criminal intimidation and attempt to commit culpable homicide.

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