New Delhi: A police complaint was reportedly filed against sacked AAP minister Sandeep Kumar on Saturday by the woman allegedly seen in the CD with him. Victim women alleging that she had been given a drink laced with drugs by the minister. The Delhi Police has booked Kumar under rape charges (Section 376) while the woman has been taken for a medical examination for investigation.
The woman has alleged that she had gone to meet Sandeep Kumar for an issue related to her ration card. However, he allegedly gave her a cold drink laced with drugs added the report.
After she lost consciousness, she was allegedly raped. The woman claimed she did not know a CD had been made, official sources 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.
Meanwhile, Sandeep Kumar reached the office of DCP (outer) to surrender on Saturday. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that Kumar should be given "exemplary punishment" if the allegations turn out to be true. Earlier on Saturday, AAP suspended Kumar from the party.
"Party is taking action. Whatever Sandeep Kumar has done is wrong. He has been suspended from the primary membership. The matter has been sent to the disciplinary committee and whatever recommendations will come from it, the party will follow it. But, the PAC has suspended him from primary membership after discussing the issue this morning," Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said.
Sources said that Kejriwal was consulted on the issue yesterday before he left for Vatican City to attend the canonisation of Mother Teresa. In a video message, a day after Kumar's sacking, Kejriwal had asserted that he would prefer to die or dissolve the party rather than compromise with AAP's principles, adding, the same rule will apply to him and all other senior leaders. Kejriwal said although the turn of events and the fact that "such people" were in the party "saddened" him, he takes "pride" from the fact that AAP did not attempt to "cover up" the transgressions.
On fellow party leader Ashutosh's stand on the issue, the Deputy Chief Minister today said, "Ashutosh's opinion could be his own, but the whole party is very clear on it." Ashutosh in a blog said the legislator's "consensual act" was not wrong and his sacking from the cabinet was aimed at "perception management".
In the blog, he had also said the row over Kumar's "objectionable" video exposes the "hypocrisy of the society and hollowness of the media" and wondered why the seemingly obvious "consensual act" should create ripples in the media and politics.