Delhi Police Books Former AAP Minister On Rape Charges


Update: Sacked Delhi Minister Sandeep Kumar surrenders before police. Reports news agency PTI.

New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Saturday booked former Aam Aadmi Party minister Sandeep Kumar on charges of rape at the Sultanpuri Police Station in New Delhi. Kumar is likely to surrender before the police, and is consulting his lawyers, according to sources.

The Aam Aadmi Party suspended its MLA and ex-minister after a raging controversy over an ‘objectionable CD’ which showed him in a compromising position with a woman. Earlier this week, Kumar, who handled the Women and Child Welfare ministry in the Delhi government, was sacked from the cabinet.

“In a high-level meeting held on Saturday morning, the party suspended primary membership of Sandeep Kumar,” AAP’s Delhi convenor Dilip Pandey told the media. A further decision on terminating him from the party will be taken later, he added.

The 36-year-old MLA from Sultanpur Majra said he was targeted for being a Dalit. Speaking to reporters, Kumar had said, “Like Eklavya was pulled down,when people from our community rise, some plot is hatched to destroy us.” He also said that “plot was hatched” ever since he installed Dr. Ambedkar’s statue and it was happening because “he is poor and Dalit.” He alleged the tape was fabricated.

Meanwhile, BJP leaders met police chief Alok Kumar Verma on Thursday and asked him to conduct an inquiry against the Kumar. A senior police officer said that after the inquiry, he could be booked under Section 354C (voyeurism) of the Indian Penal Code.

Woman who lodged complaint against Sandeep Kumar (suspended from AAP primary membership) over objectionable CD matter)taken for medical test, as reports news agency ANI.