Court allows AAP lawmaker’s plea for video conference in sex CD case
Sacked Delhi minister Sandeep Kumar, arrested on rape charges, will be produced before a city court via video conferencing from jail, following his apprehension of threat to life from his political opponents during transportation.
Special Judge Poonam Chaudhry allowed Kumar's plea that he be produced before the court through video conferencing till the filing of charge-sheet in the case, as the police did not object to it. "In view of the facts and circumstances, the accused (Kumar) need not be produced and further remand will be extended through video conferencing till the filing of the charge-sheet," the court said.
It also issued a notice to Tihar Jail superintendent, directing him to file a report on Kumar's plea, filed through advocate Pradeep Rana, seeking a separate van for his production from jail to court, apprehending threat to life from opponents.
Meanwhile, the court has extended Kumar's judicial custody till October 19.
During the hearing, Rana said some miscreants might try to harm Kumar in the jail van and the case against him was "politically motivated".
The police, in its reply, said the remand proceedings could be done through video conferencing despite the fact that a significant force was being deployed to produce the AAP MLA before the court.
Kumar was arrested on September 3 after a woman lodged a complaint against him in North Delhi’s Sultanpuri police station, alleging sexual harassment by the former Social Welfare and Women and Child Development minister, following which a case was filed. The woman had allegedly figured in an objectionable video with him.
The MLA from Sultanpur Majra was removed from the AAP government and the party on August 31 by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after the CD surfaced.