[dropcap]P[/dropcap]olitics and sex always becomes an explosive concoction, and there have been countless number of cases of politicians being involved in sex scandals across the world. Recently, Delhi’s Minister for Women and Child Welfare Sandeep Kumar caught in a sex scandal and an “objectionable” CD has reached to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. 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. The entire video has gone viral in no time, the most surprising factor is that the minister himself made that video and he has initiated clicking his “selfie” in objectionable position with the girl. Kejriwal has sacked his minister.
Kumar (35) was the party’s Dalit face and picked up for the Cabinet by Kejriwal himself. He sparked a controversy last year when he said he touched his wife’s feet daily to thanks her for the “sacrifices” she had made for him. Three of six ministers in AAP government were caught for ‘fake degree’, ‘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 the Delhi Assembly elections by one of the biggest margins 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 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.
Gopal Kanda – Geetika Sharma case
In 2012, Gopal Kanda, a former Haryana minister, was a typical rags-to-riches story before 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 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 Kanda sent a letter to Emirates saying that she had been a poor employee and had defaulted on a loan. He wanted her to quit her job and return to India. He, on the hand, denied all the allegations and said that he always tried to help Geetika 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 pressurized her over phone to sign on a petition filed in Goa to quash the FIR lodged against another MDLR employee, Ankita Singh.
It was same Ankita Singh who was mentioned by Geetika in her suicide note. Geetika had alleged that Kanda had illicit relationship with Ankita and that Kanda had fathered a child with Ankita. It is said that she was jealous of Ankita and she had even fought with Ankita and warned her to keep a distance from Kanda. Gopal Kanda was arrested on August 18 for abetting the suicide and is still languishing in the jail.
Abhishek Manu Singhvi’s Lawyers’ Chamber case
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 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 later.
Mahipal Maderna – Bhanwari Devi’s infamous CD Scandal
There was another big scandal, which was even filmed by 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, the Congress minister in 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.
N D Tiwari’s Paternity Issue
The entire country was shocked when N D Tiwari, the then Governor of Andhra Pradesh was shown in bed with three women at his official residence inside the Raj Bhawan. It was a sting operation carried out by a leading Telugu channel. Tiwari resigned and apologised publicly although he claimed that he was framed by his political opponents. N D Tiwari’s character came under the scanner a long time ago, when a lady Ujjwala Sharma accused him of fathering her son Rohit Shekhar and the son demanded a DNA test. Tiwari tried his best to avoid the DNA test but was forced to undergo the test by the judiciary. The DNA test proved that Tiwari indeed is the father of Rohit Shekhar.
Mr. and Mrs. Amarmani Tripathi – Madhumita triangle
Madhumita Shukla, a 24-year old poetess, was gunned down by two assailants in her apartment in Lucknow on April 9, 2003. Madhumita was seven months pregnant at the time of murder. Police investigation revealed that Madhumita was a lover of Amarmani Tripathi, a minister in 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 Madhumani were arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment.
This is the part 1 of the series and we will conclude this editorial with some infamous political sex scandals in next our edition.
With Inputs from various agencies
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