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Hang me if you want to: AAP leader Ashutosh tells women’s panel

cities Updated: Sep 08, 2016 15:07 IST
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AAP leader Ashutosh at a press conference in Delhi. He claims the National Commission for Women is harassing him. (Sushil Kumar/ HT file photo)

AAP leader Ashutosh told the National Commission for Women on Thursday it had no right to summon him for defending sacked Delhi minister Sandeep Kumar accused of a sex scandal and released a letter alleging violation of his rights .

“Madam I know that no case can be made out against me still if you want to hang me hang me (sic),” he wrote in his letter to Lalitha Kumaramangalam, chairperson of the commission.

The women’s rights body summoned the Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson after he wrote a controversial blog defending Kumar over an “objectionable” CD, saying it was a “consensual” act and that he had done no wrong.

In his two-page letter that he tweeted, Ashutosh asked the panel to look into allegations that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was involved in snooping of a woman during his tenure as the Gujarat chief minister. He also said that Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah, who was earlier the Gujarat home minister, was also involved in the incident.

The AAP leader asked the women’s panel to “summon them to the NCW office for an explanation and further investigation just as you have sent notice to me for writing a column in a prestigious website - NDTV.com.”

He later claimed in a tweet that Kumaramanglam has promised to register a complaint against PM Modi and Shah and initiate action in the case.

After meeting the panel’s chief, Ashutosh said he appeared before the NCW because he has “faith in the Constitution of this country and the institutions established by it”.

“I told them that your letter is a violation of my fundamental right. The Constitution gives me freedom of expression,” he told reporters after coming out of the NCW office.

In its summon, Ashutosh was asked by the panel to forward an explanation for “issuing such statements that compromise the status and dignity of women” and appear before it on September 8.

“This video encompasses pictures of a man and woman indulging in a sexual act. The video clearly establishes that both individuals knew each other and consented to sex in a private space away from the public glare. The question then is that if two consenting adults are physically involved with each other, is it a crime?” Ashutosh wrote in his blog on news channel NDTV’s website.

He wrote the blog before a woman, who was seen in the video with him in a “compromising position”, accused him of rape.

Kumar was arrested last Saturday after the woman lodged a police complaint that she had been drugged and raped a year ago.

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(With IANS inputs)