The Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday suspended former Social Welfare Minister Sandeep Kumar from primary membership of the party, reported ANI. Kumar was removed from his post on August 31 for his involvement in an alleged sex scandal. Denying the charges, he said he was targeted beacuse he is a Dalit. The Delhi Police Crime Branch has set up a special team to probe the CD that led to the sacking of Kumar, PTI reported.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took the decision after receiving a CD with "objectionable" content in which Kumar is reportedly seen in a compromising position with two women. According to ABP News, the CD contained both photographs and videos of Kumar. ABP News said it received the CD along with an anonymous complaint letter.
Kumar has held that the video was fabricated. "I am not in that video. An investigation must be launched into it. Even ABP says they can’t vouch for the authenticity of the tape," he said.
Kumar is the third minister who has been removed by Kejriwal since his party formed the government in Delhi last year. Before Kumar, Environment Minister Asim Ahmed Khan was removed from the Cabinet in October 2015 following corruption allegations and in June last year, then Law Minister Jitendra Singh Tomar put in his papers after he was arrested on the charge of possessing fake degrees.