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The AAP show: Fake degree, graft and now Sandeep Kumar's sex tape

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 5:48 IST

The Aam Aadmi Party suspended its Minister of Child Welfare and Social Justice, Sandeep Kumar, on 31 August after he was allegedly spotted in what is purported to be a sex tape. Kumar is the third AAP minister to have been sacked in the last 18 months, since Kejriwal was reinstated in Delhi.

Here is a look at the other ministers who have been suspended from the party:

Jitendra Singh Tomar

In February 2015, a writ petition was filed before Delhi High Court alleging that he had given "false information" in his affidavit while filing his nomination. The plea claimed that Tomar had submitted a "fake and bogus" degree, after which he was charged with cheating and fraud.

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He submitted his resignation in June that year.

Asim Ahmed Khan

The former Delhi food and civil supplies and environment minister was sacked from the party in October 2015 for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 6 lakh. Khan allegedly took the bribe to allow the construction of a building in his constituency.

The legislator later accused that the AAP government was hatching a political conspiracy against him. He also alleged that they had issued death threats to him and his family.

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Terming the allegations as "trash", AAP spokesperson Deepak Bajpai told PTI that Khan is left with no other work but to attack the Aam Aadmi Party.

"He was sacked by the Delhi government for corruption. The only job he has left is to team up with the corrupt BJP and attack the AAP," Bajpai said.

A crisis in AAP?

On 14 February 2015, Arvind Kejriwal took oath as the Delhi CM, along with six other ministers. Of the six, Khan, Tomar and Kumar have been suspended, while a fourth minister, Gopal Rai, resigned. Kejriwal is now left with just two.

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"Three of the six ministers of Kejriwal government have already been sacked. One for forgery, second for bribery, whereas the third for adultery. But all three of them not only continue to be members of AAP, they also enjoy a status in the party. What stops Mr Kejriwal from removing them from the party? Does AAP act only when the misdeed committed by its legislators becomes undeniable and indefensible?" Anupam, national executive member of Swaraj Abhiyan, an AAP splinter group told Firstpost.

First published: 1 September 2016, 11:25 IST