New Delhi, Aug 31, 2016: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday removed his Social Welfare Minister Sandeep Kumar, saying that he had received an “objectionable” CD on him and there cannot be any compromise with propriety in public life.
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A nine-minute video on the CD allegedly shows Sandeep Kumar, in what Aam Aadmi Party leaders described as “a compromising position with two women”. It also had 11 photographs.
Soon after, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia told media that “The Delhi CM found an objectionable CD involving Sandeep Kumar. Within half an hour, action was taken. The minister was removed.”
“AAP is a party of ideals. It has a zero tolerance policy towards corruption, scandals… Ministers found taking bribes were removed immediately as soon as it was found. Action will be taken swiftly against any member irrespective of status or position,” he said.
Meanwhile, attacking on AAP governance former party members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan said when they were in the party, they had warned Kejriwal about the conduct of several candidates he had selected to contest the Delhi elections that his AAP swept last year.
Sandeep Kumar is the third minister removed by Kejriwal in the 19 months that AAP has ruled Delhi. He had sacked food minister Asim Ahmed Khan last year for allegedly demanding bribe and law minister Jitender Tomar, who was accused of faking his college degree.