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 has reportedly reached the DCP office in Rohini, New Delhi to surrender.
Meanwhile, the woman who lodged the complaint against Sandeep Kumar has been taken for a medical test. She alleged in her complaint that the CD was made after Kumar became a minister. The woman claimed she had gone to meet Kumar for his help in getting a ration card. She was asked to wait at the minister’s office and then offered a cold drink which was allegedly spiked, the sources said.
After she lost consciousness, she was allegedly raped. The woman claimed she did not know a CD had been made, they said. Sanjay Singh, Joint Commissioner (Northern range), said that the victim’s statement was being recorded.
A case under IPC section 376 (rape) has been registered, police said.
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.
(With ANI and ENS inputs)