Sacked AAP minister Sandeep Kumar says he's 'framed' for being Dalit

Former Delhi Minister Sandeep Kumar, who was sacked over an alleged sex tape, on Thursday alleged that he was being targeted under a "conspiracy" as he was a Dalit and demanded a probe into the issue.

"This is a conspiracy against me as I belong to Valmiki Samaj. There should be a probe into this matter. I am very hurt by watching the video on television. There is no authenticity of this CD. Authenticity should be checked," he told reporters at his residence here.

File photo of Sandeep Kumar. PTI

File photo of Sandeep Kumar. PTI

Asked if he was the one featured in the CD, Kumar, who held the portfolios of Social Welfare and Women and Child Development, said that it is a matter of investigation and truth should come out.

"I am the only Dalit face of the party. I have been popular among Dalit community, that's why there is a conspiracy against me. Other political parties are after us as we do not have a political background," he added.

Kumar was sacked by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal last night after receiving an 'objectionable' CD in which he was purportedly shown in a compromising position with a woman. The decision to remove the 36-year-old minister was taken at a high-level meeting attended by top AAP leaders and the announcement was made by Kejriwal himself through a tweet.

Kumar, however, insisted that he had resigned on moral grounds.

"Someone is saying the video is two months old and others are saying it is three months old. There is no authentication Dalits have been exploited always. I belong to a poor family, so I know the facts are distorted. I have been framed because I am a Dalit," he said.

He also lashed out at the media. "Without knowing my side, the media is showing things. My family is with me. I am not afraid of such controversies. I am a loyal person and can sacrifice anything for my community. It is the history of this country that whenever we have tried to rise, we have been suppressed. It is entirely a conspiracy against me and there should be an inquiry in it," he said.

"I have resigned on basis of morality. If media is trying to twist it then it is wrong. I was a soldier of AAP earlier and now also I won't let the party be defamed," he said.

Meanwhile, members of the BJP gathered outside Kejriwal's residence and staged a protest. Water cannons were used to disperse the crowd.

Updated Date: Sep 01, 2016 12:50 PM

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