There has been much debate over why Sandeep Kumar, Minister for Women and Child Welfare in the Delhi government, was sacked from the Cabinet. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he had received an ‘objectionable CD’ of the minister in a compromising position with a woman. He added that Kumar betrayed the ‘AAP movement’. But there were questions on social media as to why a man, who had consensual sex with another woman, would be threatened with action and sacked from the government.
AAP leader Ashutosh, in a column for NDTV.com, has vaguely clarified why the party sacked Kumar.
“I agree that Sandeep Kumar is a public figure, and to be in the public glare one, has to pay a certain price. A public figure can’t enjoy many discretions that an ordinary citizen can. A public figure probably cannot openly smoke, drink and flirt with the opposite sex, but he or she is entitled to his or her private space and he or she should not be chased there,” Ashutosh wrote, adding that the party is “deeply embarrassed”.
The AAP leader also went on to question the intentions of some television news channels that aired the footage of the alleged sex tape. He also pondered why India, as a country, never questioned “its leaders about what they do or have done in their private moments”. On a contrasting note, the AAP leader contemplated why a sex video of two consenting adults should grab headlines of the day.
Kumar, in his first reaction to the media on Thursday, said he was being targeted because he was a Dalit. “I come from a poor family. The poor are always trapped. Every time we rise, there are conspiracies to crush us. I am being targeted because I have set up a statue of Babasaheb Ambedkar in my house… I am ready for every agni-pariksha (trial by fire),” he told reporters.
To determine the authenticity of the CD, the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch has initiated an investigation. BJP MP Parvesh Verma and SAD leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa have filed complaints against Kumar, accusing him of “misusing and taking undue advantage of his position as a Cabinet minister”.