The Aam Aadmi Party suspended its MLA and ex-minister Sandeep Kumar 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.
AAP leader Ashutosh in a column for NDTV.com had said, “I agree that Sandeep Kumar is a public figure, and to be in the public glare one, has to pay a certain price. A public figure can’t enjoy many discretions that an ordinary citizen can. A public figure probably cannot openly smoke, drink and flirt with the opposite sex, but he or she is entitled to his or her private space and he or she should not be chased there.” He added that the party was embarrased by the row.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police Crime Branch has formed a team to look into the CD allegedly involving the AAP MLA. 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.