Delhi’s Tis Hazari court on Friday sent sacked Aam Aadmi Party MLA and Delhi minister Sandeep Kumar to 14 days judicial custody. Kumar was arrested on rape charges on the complaint of a woman. The Delhi minister was arrested on September 3 after a woman had lodged a complaint at the Sultanpuri police station in New Delhi against the former Social Welfare and Women and Child Development minister. A case was filed thereafter. The woman had figured in an objectionable video with him.
He was booked under section 376 (rape), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison with intent to commit an offence) of IPC, under section 67A of IT Act (punishment for publishing or transmitting of material containing sexually explicit act) and Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (public servant taking gratification for an official act).
The woman, in her complaint, alleged that around 11 months ago she was raped by Sandeep Kumar when she had gone to his office in Outer Delhi’s Sultanpuri seeking help to obtain a ration card. After Kumar’s CD surfaced in the media, the AAP government sacked him on August 31 by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Soon after, the MLA had surrendered before the investigators at the office of DCP (Outer) in Pitampura where his statement was recorded. After the controversy, the MLA had defended himself, saying he has been targeted. Kumar’s wife has also come out in support of her husband, claiming that he was “falsely implicated” in the scandal.