In another controversy for the party, an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) worker, who is supposedly a close aide of south Delhi MLA Avtar Singh, has been arrested on charges of raping a 25-year-old woman in South Delhi’s Kalkaji district.
Kamal Sandhu, the worker of the ruling party, had allegedly raped the woman repeatedly for two years. He had also allegedly threatened that if she did not establish a physical relationship with him, he would release her nude pictures and videos on the internet.
Sandhu, who was arrested on September 25, had allegedly raped the victim in 2015 at Le Grand hotel in south Delhi on the pretext of offering her a job.
According to the complaint, the victim alleged that she was called by the accused to the said hotel where he, along with his friends, spiked her drink and raped her. They also shot videos and took nude pictures of the victim.
Thereafter, the accused also assaulted the victim and took her jewellery. He continued to blackmail her with pictures for jewellery. At one instance, he also took away her ATM card and withdrew money using it.
Aggrieved by this harassment, the victim went to the police station to register a complaint against the accused. However, the victim alleged that the police refused to register the case and pressurised her to compromise with the accused.
The victim then filed a petition under section 156 (3) of CrPC in the Saket court for the registration of an FIR through her counsel Pankaj Shrivastava. According to Shrivastava, the Metropolitan Magistrate Vikrant Vaid, sought an Action Taken Report from the police while listening the petition following which the FIR was registered and the victim’s statement was recorded.
The court sent the accused to police custody for one day each on two instances, on September 26 and September 27 respectively. Sandhu is at present in judicial custody.