Minutes after rape allegation against sacked minister, AAP suspends Sandeep Kumar

An emergency meeting of the AAP's Political Affairs Committee was held at Kejriwal's residence late that evening to decide on Kumar's sacking.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 4, 2016 3:14 am
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The Aam Aadmi Party Saturday suspended party MLA and former minister Sandeep Kumar from the primary membership of the party over an ‘objectionable CD’ allegedly showing him in a compromising position with a woman.

As the woman approached Delhi Police to lodge a case of alleged rape against the former minister, the party suspended him, while Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called for the “strongest exemplary punishment” for Kumar. Kumar was sacked from the post of women and child development minister Wednesday, minutes after the party claimed it received an ‘objectionable CD” allegedly featuring Kumar.

An emergency meeting of the AAP’s Political Affairs Committee was held at Kejriwal’s residence late that evening to decide on Kumar’s sacking. While the party was considering the course of action against Kumar, the woman purportedly featured in the video along with him approached police Saturday morning to lodge an FIR alleging rape.

AAP soon announced its decision to suspend Kumar and said the matter will be taken up by the disciplinary committee of the party.

“The party is taking action… what Kumar has done is very wrong. He stands suspended from the primary membership of the party and the disciplinary committee will look into the matter,” said Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

Kejriwal, who is in Vatican City, Rome, to attend the canonisation ceremony of Mother Teresa, called for the “strongest exemplary punishment” against the minister.

He tweeted, “If woman’s allegations are correct, this is v serious. Strongest exemplary punishment shud be given to
Sandeep.” Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal also slammed Kumar and sought the “strictest action” against him. “Her statements will be crucial in registering an FIR against Sandeep Kumar,” she tweeted.