Aam Aadmi Party MLA Rakhi Birla’s father and a local party leader has been booked for allegedly raping a 24-year-old married woman on the pretext of giving her a ticket for the MCD elections, police said on Tuesday. The party however termed the allegations as “baseless”. A case has been registered against the AAP leader Ram Pratap Goyal and Bhupender, father of Delhi Assembly Deputy Speaker Rakhi Birla, under IPC section 376 D (gangrape) and 506 (criminal intimidation), they said. According to the complainant, Goyal and Bhupender established physical relation with her, on the promise of giving her a party ticket for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, said a senior police officer. The complainant told police that she met Goyal at Sector 3, Rohini in north-west Delhi and they exchanged numbers. They remained in touch for nearly 4-5 months and was promised a party ticket for the MCD elections.
She said in her complaint that o0ne day Goyal called her near his office to discuss regarding the ticket. He then took her to a vacant flat of his friend and established physical relation with her.As per the woman, she was “exploited” by the accused at various places, including hotels and her own house and when she asked the leader about the ticket, he coaxed her to have intercourse with Bhupender. She in her complaint also mentions that she was forced to sleep with Bhupender at her house and at a hotel in Connaught Place on November 5,adding that the accused made a MMS of the crime and threatened to ruin her life. Police said that the accused also pestered the woman to establish physical relations with other men in order to get the party ticket.
Meanwhile, AAP Delhi convener Dilip Pandey said the allegation had no substance and was another attempt by BJP to tarnish AAP’s image. “Ram Pratap Goyal holds the post of block treasurer in Rohini. He is a respected leader. Neither, he nor Bhupender, remembers meeting the complainant at any point of time,” he said. Both the accused were unavailable for questioning and efforts are on to reach them, said the police officer.