September 27, 2016 3:25:36 am
The General Administration Department of Delhi government has asked the secretary of Women and Child Development department to return gadgets provided to former Delhi cabinet minister Sandeep Kumar soon. The gadgets were issued to AAP legislator Kumar for official purposes. Kumar was sacked as Delhi’s Women and Child Development minister after an “objectionable” video apparently featuring him and a woman surfaced.
He was arrested following a complaint lodged with police by the woman, who alleged that he had drugged and raped her a year ago. Sources said it was likely police may have taken away a few of the gadgets as evidence in the alleged rape case against Kumar. “However, we have not got any update so far from the Women and Child Development department on the gadgets, and if some were taken away by police,” said a source.
The administration department has stated in its communication that the gadgets were issued officially to Kumar from time to time for use or discharge of duties. The list of gadgets whose return has been sought includes an Apple desktop computer with accessories (mouse, keypad, display), Apple iPad Air2, an Apple laptop with retina display, a Sony handycam (issued for inspections) and a Google Nexus 6 phone.
“As the minister has been removed from his post on September 1, 2016, hence the items should be returned for further issuance,” stated the communication sent to the Women and Child Development department. Sources termed this a routine process. “Every time a minister leaves, we ask for the gadgets issued in his or her name. They can purchase them after factoring in the old prices. In this case, as there is no request from him, we will issue it to someone who will occupy his position,” said a source.
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