Ashutosh, leader of AAP, on Thursday told the National Commission for Women they it had to right to summon him for defending Sandeep Kumar, an ex-Delhi minister, for being accused of exploiting a woman on video. He released a letter alleging that the NCW was violating his rights.
“Madam I know that no case can be made out against me still if you want to hang me hang me (sic),” he wrote in his letter to Lalitha Kumaramangalam, chairperson of the commission.
Aam Aadmi Party’s spokesperson, Ashutosh was summoned by the women’s right body after he wrote a controversial blog defending fellow AAP member over an “objectionable” CD, claiming that the act in fact was “consensual” and therefore Kumar did nothing wrong.
Ashutosh asked the panel to look into past allegations of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was involved in similar matter during his tenure as the Gujrat Chief Minister, in his two page long letter that he also tweeted. He also brought up Amit Shah, president of BJP, who was also involved in the incident.
The AAP leader asked the women’s panel to “summon them to the NCW office for an explanation and further investigation just as you have sent notice to me for writing a column in a prestigious website – NDTV.com.”
He also later tweeted claiming that Kumaramanglam has promised to register a complaint against PM Modi and Shah and initiate action in the case.
After the meeting with the panel’s chief, Ashutosh said he only appeared before them because he has “faith in the Constitution of this country and the institutions established by it”.
“I told them that your letter is a violation of my fundamental right. The Constitution gives me freedom of expression,” he told reporters after coming out of the NCW office.
In the summon, Ashutosh was asked for an explanation by the panel for “issuing such statements that compromise the status and dignity of women” and appear before it on September 8.
“This video encompasses pictures of a man and woman indulging in a sexual act. The video clearly establishes that both individuals knew each other and consented to sex in a private space away from the public glare. The question then is that if two consenting adults are physically involved with each other, is it a crime?” Ashutosh wrote in his blog on news channel NDTV’s website.
On Saturday, Kumar was arrested after the woman filed a complaint that she had in fact been drugged and raped a year ago.