Business Standard

Delhi ex-minister given armed guard, Tihar official tells court

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The Tihar Jail authorities on Monday informed a here that former Minister Sandeep Kumar, accused of raping a woman, has been provided with a separate armed guard as he apprehended threat to his life.

The submission by the jail authorities before Special Judge Poonam Chaudhry came on Kumar's plea for directions for arrangement of a special van for him to attend proceedings.

The court, meanwhile, extended the judicial custody of the sacked Minister till October 28 after he was presented in the via video conferencing.

Kumar is standing trial on rape charge, which he claims is 'politically motivated'.

The former Social Welfare and Women and Child Development Minister in the government was arrested on September 3 after a woman approached the Sultanpuri police in north with a complaint of sexual harassment.

He was booked under Sections 376 (rape) and 328 (causing hurt by means of poison, with intent to kill) of the Indian Penal Code.

Kumar was also charged under the Information Technology Act's Section 67-A (publishing or transmitting material containing sexually explicit act in electronic form) and under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

--IANS

akk/tsb/dg

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU