Former Delhi minister Sandeep Kumar has reportedly told the police that his private secretary was allegedly blackmailing him with a sex CD that showed the minister in a compromising position with two women.
Kumar, Delhi’s women and child development minister, was sacked by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Twitter after news channels showed the tape.
Kumar described the tape as a conspiracy against him by his rival who were targeting him because he was a Dalit.
Police picked up Kumar’s personal secretary, Praveen Kumar, from the Delhi Secretariat around 10am on Monday for questioning. Praveen was interrogated for nearly seven hours at the Sultanpuri police station.
The police questioned him in presence of Kumar, who was arrested on Saturday, to connect the dots. Praveen is likely to be arrested for circulating the video tape, sources said.
Investigating officers said Kumar confessed that Praveen was in the possession of the CD. Praveen, police said, is very close to the sacked minister and his family.
Recently, Praveen had reportedly stayed over a month in New York with Kumar and his wife. The couple had reportedly travelled to the US in May for Kumar’s wife’s delivery. They returned in mid -July after the birth of Kumar’s son at a New York hospital.
During interrogation on Sunday evening, Kumar reportedly told the police that Praveen had access to his phone and laptop and that is how he got the video. Sources said Praveen was blackmailing Kumar in order to get the post of officer on special duty.
Kumar told police Praveen had once threatened to make the CD public, if he was not given the post. “Praveen is denying his role and said many others knew about Kumar’s sex tapes. We are verifying their statements,” an officer said.
No senior police officer came on record to confirm it.
Police said they had seized Kumar’s phone and laptop for forensic examination. Kumar had reportedly saved the video on his laptop. “The video was deleted after the case grabbed headlines. We have seized Kumar’s laptop and phone,” said an investigating officer.
Police sources said they are gathering evidence to connect Praveen to the leaked tapes.
Kumar was on Monday remanded to three-day police custody by a local court.
Kumar, 36, was produced before Special Judge Poonam Chaudhry on expiry of one-day police custody.
The former minister was arrested on September 3 after a woman approached Sultanpuri police station in north Delhi with a complaint of sexual harassment against the former minister. The woman had figured in the objectionable video with him.
In her complaint, the woman alleged that around 11 months ago she was raped by Kumar when she had gone to his office in Outer Delhi’s Sultanpuri seeking help to obtain a ration card.
Objectionable posters in Goa
The AAP in Goa on Monday threatened to file a police complaint after “”objectionable” posters showing sacked Delhi minister Sandeep Kumar came up across the state with the party election symbol on it.
Kumar’s posters were put up in Panaji, Margao, Ponda, Vasco and Mapusa markets besides other prominent places in Goa with “AAP for Women Empowerment” written on it.
The picture of broom, which is AAP’s symbol, has also been displayed on the posters.
“I suspect the BJP’s hand behind such acts. The BJP rules and governs the state (Goa). They should see to it that proper inquiry is conducted into such acts,” AAP Goa convener Walmiki Naik told reporters in Panaji.
The party will file a formal police complaint, Naik said.
“AAP condemns such cheap tactics. “We won’t mind people criticising our work or policies but someone stooping down to such a level is unexpected,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)