AAP leader Ashutosh should be made minister of private and consensual sex: Markandey Katju

Sandeep Kumar, arrested on rape charges on the complaint of a woman, was on Monday remanded to three-day police custody by a Delhi court.

Last Updated: Sep 06, 2016, 09:03 AM IST
AAP leader Ashutosh should be made minister of private and consensual sex: Markandey Katju

New Delhi: Former Supreme Court judge on Tuesday took a dig at Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh, who is facing flak for dragging Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and other legendary politicians into the controversy relating to a sex CD of former Delhi minister Sandeep Kumar.

Katju, known for speaking his mind today opined, Asutosh be made a Minister of Private and Consensual Sex in the Delhi government.

“Since a Ministerial post in the Delhi Govt. has fallen vacant, I suggest Ashutosh should be made Minister of Private and Consensual Sex,” he tweeted.

Ashutosh last week created a furore by writing a blog in defence of former social welfare and women and child development minister and party colleague Sandeep Kumar, who was sacked after a sex tape involving the AAP leader emerged.

While giving his justification, the AAP leader wrote in his blog: "Indian history is full of examples of our leaders and heroes who had lived with their desires beyond social boundaries. Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru's reported affairs with many female colleagues were juicy gossip but it didn't spoil his political career. His relationship with Edwina Mountbatten is widely discussed. The entire world knew about it. Their affections continued till Pt. Nehru's last breath. Was it a sin? History is also witness to the fact that top leaders of the Congress in 1910s were worried about Gandhiji's relationship with Sarla Chaudhary, who was distantly related to Rabindra Nath Tagore. Gandhi Ji had confessed that Sarla was his spiritual wife. Kasturba Gandhi was very disturbed. C Rajagopalchari and other senior leaders of the party had to intervene. They persuaded, pressured, cajoled Gandhi-ji to leave Sarla. Gandhiji in his later days slept naked with his two nieces to experiment with celibacy. Pandit Nehru had told him not to do so as the country would rise against him but Gandhi-ji did not budge."

Kumar, arrested on rape charges on the complaint of a woman, was on Monday remanded to three-day police custody by a Delhi court.

He has been booked under section 376 (rape), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison with intent to commit an offence) of IPC, under section 67A of IT Act (punishment for publishing or transmitting of material containing sexually explicit act) and Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration for an official act).

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.

She has alleged that Kumar had offered her a spiked drink and when she fell unconscious, she was taken to his house adjacent to the office and raped.