Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday removed Minister of Child Welfare and Social Justice Sandeep Kumar after he received an ‘objectionable’ CD against him. The decision to sack the minister was taken at a high-level meeting attended by top AAP leaders. The CD allegedly carried details of some ‘wrongdoings’.
In a statement to ANI, Arvind Kejriwal said that Minister of Child Welfare and Social Justice Sandeep Kumar has been removed from the cabinet.
Kejriwal took to Twitter to announce his decision: “Recd “objectionable” CD of minister Sandeep Kr. AAP stands for propriety in public life. That can’t be compromised. Removing him from Cabinet wid immediate effect.”
Reports say the CD purportedly shows Kumar in a compromising position with a woman.
“The CD came to us half-an-hour back. We saw the CD and took the decision to sack him immediately. AAP has zero tolerance for crime and corruption,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told reporters tonight.
Kumar represents Sultanpur Majra constituency. He is the second AAP minister to be sacked after Asim Ahmed Khan who was Minister for Food and Supplies.
“We will not tolerate any such acts. We have 67 MLAs. If anyone including the Chief Minister is found involved in any wrongdoings, immediate action will be taken as AAP is different from other parties,” said Sisodia.
On October 9 last year, Kejriwal had sacked the then Environment and Food Minister Asim Ahmed Khan for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 6 lakh from a builder and recommended a CBI probe into the case.
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In June last year, then Law Minister Jitendra Singh Tomar had resigned after he was arrested on the charge of possessing fake degrees.
Reacting to the development, Delhi BJP said Kejriwal must resign accepting moral responsibility for picking up the morally corrupt MLA in the Cabinet.
“He must be rewarded for handing over Delhi’s governance to people with corrupt values. This has never happened in any government,” said Delhi BJP leader Vijender Gupta.
DPCC president Ajay Maken too attacked the AAP saying three of the six Ministers who were initially inducted were caught for alleged “Fake degree, corruption, moral turpitude.”
“But who chose them? Why aren’t they expelled from Party?,” he asked in a tweet. Another Congress leader Mukesh Sharma also hit out at AAP and sought the resignation of the Delhi Chief Minister.
“Prior to this other AAP ministers have also been removed, and now this scandal only shows, that it’s the story of Ali Baba and forty thieves, as there are several others in AAP government, against whom cases are due,” he alleged.
“This government is a corrupt and Arvind Kejriwal should immediately resign from his post on moral grounds,” he said.
(With inputs from ANI and PTI)