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Sex CD case: Sacked AAP Minister sent to judicial custody

Police said Kumar was arrested on the basis of incriminating evidence collected against him

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

File photo of Sandeep Kumar
File photo of Sandeep Kumar

Sacked Delhi Minister and AAP MLA Sandeep Kumar, arrested on rape charges on the complaint of a woman, was on Friday sent to 14-day judicial custody by a court here.

Special Judge Poonam Chaudhry remanded 36-year-old Kumar to judicial custody till September 23 after the Delhi Police submitted he was not required for custodial interrogation.

Police sought judicial custody of the MLA, who was produced before the court on expiry of his one-day police remand, to conduct fair investigation and prevent the accused from tampering with evidence.

The police, which had on Thursday got extended Kumar's police custody by a day to recover the original electronic device used for making the alleged objectionable video, said it could not be recovered.

Meanwhile, advocate Pradeep Rana, appearing for Kumar, claimed there was a threat to the MLA's life in jail and he should be provided special armed guards and a separate cell during judicial custody.

To this, the court forwarded the application to the jail superintendent directing him to consider it as per the prison manual.

During the hearing, the police responded to another plea moved by the defence counsel alleging that he was illegally arrested and the probe agency had not given any ground for doing so.

The police said Kumar was arrested on the basis of incriminating evidence collected against him.

The prosecution had earlier argued that Kumar was not cooperating in the probe.

Kumar was arrested on September 3 after a woman had approached Sultanpuri police station in North Delhi complaining of sexual harassment against the former Social Welfare and Women and Child Development minister, following which a case was filed. The woman had figured in an objectionable video with him.

First Published: Fri, September 09 2016. 16:48 IST