Delhi Police on Monday detained the personal secretary of former Delhi Cabinet minister Sandeep Kumar. He was first sacked by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and then arrested on Saturday for rape on the basis of a CD which purportedly shows him in a compromising position with a woman. Meanwhile, a Tis Hazari Court in New Delhi on Monday sent Kumar to three-day police remand.
The woman in the CD is said to have told police that Kumar raped her about a year ago after giving her a soft drink laced with sedatives. She was allegedly raped when she met him seeking help for a ration card. She also stated that she was not aware of about any video of the incident.
Police have booked Kumar under Indian Penal Code and Information Technology Act. He also faces charges of corruption.
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The CD in the eye of the storm was first sent to a TV news channel last week, which had then approached Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal. In less than an hour, Kejriwal told reporters that he had sacked Kumar from the Delhi Cabinet.
However, Kumar has claimed that he has nothing to do with either the CD or the woman in it. He has also claimed that he was not even in the video or the images on the CD, and that they were doctored. He also says that he is being targeted because of his caste.
The AAP is no stranger to controversies, especially those involving women. Various top leaders of the party have had a brush with the law because of their involvement in illicit relations with or violence against women. There have been at least five such instances.