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Sacked AAP minister’s aide held for ‘circulating’ sex video clip


New Delhi: Sacked AAP minister Sandeep Kumar’s personal secretary was detained on Monday for allegedly circulating a sex video clip involving the politician and a women.

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A Delhi Police officer said that Praveen Kumar was picked up from Delhi Secretariat and taken into custody for questioning on his role in circulating the video.

“He will be scrutinised to ascertain his role,” the officer said.

Sandeep Kumar was sent to one-day police custody on Sunday, a day after he was arrested on charges of rape followed by the complaint of a woman who figured in a video with him in objectionable position. A court on Monday extended his police custody till September 8.

The former minister was arrested on Saturday night after a woman approached Sultanpuri police station in north Delhi with a complaint of sexual harassment against the former Social Welfare and Women and Child Development Minister following which a case was filed.

He was booked under sections 376 (punishment for rape) and 328 (causing hurt by means of poison, with intent to commit an offence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

He was also charged under the Information Technology Act’s section 67A (punishment for publishing or transmitting of material containing sexually explicit act in electronic form).

The woman had alleged in her complaint that she was sexually harassed by Kumar at his office-cum-residence in Sultanpuri area where she had gone to get her ration card made.

She had also alleged that Kumar had offered her a spiked cold drink following which she could not recall what exactly happened with her and how she had acted.

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Kumar was sacked on Wednesday after an alleged “sex video” involving him became viral. On Thursday, he defended himself, saying he had resigned on his own and alleged that he had been targeted because he was a Dalit.