Sacked AAP minister Sandeep Kumar has surrendered before the police after he was booked under rape charges (IPC section 376). The woman who was seen in the sex video with him lodged a complaint against him in the Sultanpuri police station. The complainant alleged that she had been raped by the minister after being given drink laced with drugs. Sandeep Kumar surrendered before the Deputy Commissioner of Police immediately after her complaint was lodged.
The victim said that the video was recorded a year before. She was trapped by the minister while she approached him to get a ration card issued, according to her.
Sandeep Kumar was ousted as the minister by his party after the controversial sex scandal video got published in news channels. He was also suspended from the party later.
The new developments have changed the dimension of the controversy which made AAP and its leaders more defensive. AAP leader Ashutosh had published a blog in the NDTV web portal , in which he absolved Sandeep Kumar of any crime as the video ‘clearly establishes that the sexual act was consensual’ according to him. He criticised his own party for sacking the minister immediately after a sex video was surfaced.
“This video encompasses pictures of a man and woman indulging in a sexual act. The video clearly establishes that both individuals knew each other and consented to sex in a private space away from the public glare. The question then is that if two consenting adults are physically involved with each other, is it a crime?” read the blog.
He also cited the examples of Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi to justify the act of Sandeep Kumar.
Ashutosh’s blog invited wide criticism from other political parties like NCP and BJP, alleging that AAP leaders are against the traditional moral concepts of the country.
Arvind Kejriwal said in his tweet that this is very serious if the allegations raised by the woman are correct. He also wrote that Sandeep Kumar deserves strong exemplary punishment.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>If woman's allegations are correct, this is v serious. Strongest exemplary punishment shud be given to Sandeep <a href=”https://t.co/P9TZuxJf1I”>https://t.co/P9TZuxJf1I</a></p>— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) <a href=”https://twitter.com/ArvindKejriwal/status/772018858450362368″>September 3, 2016</a></blockquote>
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