JP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who is accused of raping a 17-year-old minor girl, was arrested by the CBI. The victim had alleged that on June 4, 2017, she was raped by the MLA at his residence, when she had gone to meet him, along with a relative, seeking a job. In February, the girl’s family had moved the court, seeking to include the MLA’s name in the case. Subsequently, the victim’s father was booked by the police under the Arms Act on April 3 and imprisoned on April 5. The next day, her father had died in the jail with the post-mortem report suggesting serious injuries on his body. Politics and sex always become an explosive concoction, and there has been a countless number of cases of politicians being involved in the sex scandals across the world. In India, it has become headlines, and political discussions but the morals of the person has never been judged. Delhi’s former child development minister Sandeep Kumar was also caught in a sex scandal and an “objectionable” CD emerged. The entire video had gone viral in no time and the most surprising factor is that the minister himself made that video and he initiated clicking his “selfie” in an objectionable position with the girl. In the aftermath, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has sacked his minister. The CD contains photographs and a video of Kumar, who was also heading the government’s SC/ST and social welfare departments, in a compromising position with two women at different times. It was sent to the Chief Minister’s office with an anonymous complaint letter.
Kumar, 35, was picked for the Cabinet by Kejriwal as the party’s Dalit face. He sparked a controversy last year when he said he touched his wife’s feet daily to thank her for the “sacrifices” she had made for him. Three of the six ministers in the AAP government were caught for fake degrees, corruption, and moral turpitude. Lawyer by profession, Kumar met Kejriwal for the first time during the India Against Corruption campaign in 2012. He is known for contesting cases of the poor and socially backward people free of cost. He won by one of the biggest margins in the Delhi elections and was rewarded with a ministerial berth for helping the party expand its base at the grassroots. This is not the first time that some minister is caught in a sex scandal. Women, as usual, are easy prey for these politicians and history has witnessed a plethora of cases where these ‘politicians’ have unabashedly shown grave disrespect to the mothers, daughters, and sisters of their electorate.
In 2012, the story of Gopal Kanda, a former Haryana minister, was a typical rags-to-riches story before the destiny pulled the rug from under his feet and he was incarcerated for abetting the suicide of Geetika Sharma, a former air-hostess of now-defunct MDLR airlines owned by Kanda. Geetika Sharma committed suicide by hanging herself on August 5, 2012, and left behind a suicide note accusing Gopal Kanda of deliberately harassing her and leaving her with no option than to end her life. Police investigation revealed that Gopal Kanda targeted Geetika from the day one of her joining the MDLR airlines. Kanda made it mandatory for Geetika to meet him every evening. It is said that Geetika had an illicit relationship with Kanda and she underwent abortion a few times.
MDLR was shut down in 2009 and in October 2010 it became a part of Emirates Airlines. Geetika moved over to Dubai to join Emirates Airlines but Gopal Kanda sent a letter to Emirates saying that she had been a poor employee and had defaulted on a loan. Kanda wanted her to quit her job and return to India. Gopal Kanda, on the hand, denied all the allegations and said that he always tried to help Geetika Sharma and even financed her MBA course. Not only this, he made her the chairperson of the trust that ran an international school at Sirsa. Police investigations revealed that on August 3, a day before Geetika committed suicide, Kanda’s advocate pressurised her over the phone to sign on a petition filed in Goa to quash the FIR lodged against another MDLR employee, Ankita Singh.
It was the same Ankita Singh who was mentioned by Geetika in her suicide note. Geetika had alleged that Kanda had an illicit relationship with Ankita and that Kanda had fathered a child with Ankita. It is said that Geetika was jealous of Ankita and she had even fought with Ankita warning her to keep a distance from Kanda. Kanda was a typical philanderer and a frustrated Geetika committed suicide. Gopal Kanda was arrested on August 18 for abetting the suicide of Geetika.
Senior Congress leader and Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi was caught in a sex scandal after the emergence of a sensational CD that was filmed by a former driver of Singhvi. The CD allegedly showed Abhishek Manu Singhvi in a compromising position with a female advocate inside the hallowed lawyers’ chambers of Supreme Court! Mukesh Kumar Lal, the driver of Singhvi for several years, was accused of filming the CD secretly and blackmailing Singhvi to make the CD public through media channels. Singhvi approached the Delhi High Court for banning the CD alleging that the content of the CD was morphed. Acting on Singhvi’s plea, Delhi High Court banned the publication on broadcasting of the CD but it was uploaded on YouTube and Singhvi was deeply embarrassed. The controversy made the Congress party red-faced and the party dropped Singhvi from its media panel. The Congress party, however, has brought him back on the media panel.
There was another big scandal, which was even filmed by a Bollywood director starring Mallika Sherawat. Bhanwari Devi, a 36-year-old auxiliary nurse and midwife from Rajasthan came into the limelight after her husband alleged that Mahipal Maderna, then Congress minister in the state government, got his wife abducted. The investigation of the case revealed that Bhanwari Devi was blackmailing Maderna and Congress legislator Malkhan Singh and demanded crores of rupees based on a CD in which Maderna and others were seen in a compromising position with Bhanwari Devi. Maderna and Malkhan finally decided to get her eliminated with the help of supari killers. Maderna is under custody and court has framed charges against him.
Madhumita Shukla, a 24-year-old poetess, was gunned down by two assailants in her apartment in Lucknow on April 9, 2003. She was seven months pregnant at the time of the murder. Police investigation revealed that Madhumita was a lover of Amarmani Tripathi, a minister in the UP government. The investigation further revealed that Madhumita was killed at the instructions of Madhumani Tripathi, the wife of Amarmani Tripathi, who got furious after she came to know of Madhumita’s affair with her husband. Both Amarmani Tripathi and his wife Madhumani were arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment. Raghav jee, a veteran of Madhya Pradesh politics, has been accused of unnatural sex with his servant. A CD showing the then finance minister of Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in compromising position with a man has done irreparable damage to the party. Raghav jee had to resign and the matter is now sub judice. According to Raghav jee, the man who has accused him of sexual exploitation worked part-time for him, occasionally massaged the minister’s arms and legs, and had quit a month before the incident.
However, his 29-year old domestic help had a different story to tell. “He is in several extra-marital affairs with the wives of those who work at his official residence. I want to tell that he has done to other employees what he had been doing to me,” the 29-year old victim said while addressing the media at the leader of opposition Ajay Singh’s residence.
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