Rape-accused Delhi govt official Premoday Khakha was OSD to AAP minister: Bansuri Swaraj

Rape-accused Delhi govt official Premoday Khakha was OSD to AAP minister: Bansuri Swaraj


On Monday (21 August), the Delhi Police arrested the Delhi government official Premoday Khakha who has been accused of raping a minor over several months. The senior government official was earlier booked under POCSO Act for allegedly raping his deceased friend’s minor daughter for several months, resulting in her pregnancy. The accused is a Deputy Director of the Women and Child Development (WCD) Department of the Delhi government. Subsequently, he has been suspended from his office.  

Following the arrest, BJP’s Delhi secretary Bansuri Swaraj launched a scathing attack on the Aam Aadmi Party claiming that it is favouring the rape-accused officer Premoday Khakha. Swaraj alleged that the accused officer Khakha had been assigned as an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the then Delhi women and child development minister. 

She raised these allegations while addressing a press conference in connection with this issue. During the press conference, Swaraj presented some documents, on the basis of which, she claimed that the accused was hand-picked as Minister’s OSD and is close to the party. 

Swaraj said, “There is a word used here — desired — which means the accused was handpicked by the Aam Aadmi Party and is close to the AAP government. He was chosen as the OSD to the Minister.”

Basuri Swaraj targets the AAP for not acting tough in matters of crime against Women and girl child

While speaking with media persons, Swaraj highlighted the case details and claimed that the BJP strongly condemns the heinous crime. 

She said, “The Deputy Director of the Delhi government’s Women and Child Development (WCD) Department repeatedly raped a minor girl. The worst thing is the girl lost her father in 2020 and the official took her in as a guardian. He raped her when she was merely 14 years old. What is even more shocking is that during this time, the minor girl was impregnated and the officer’s wife gave her pills for abortion. Yet, the minor was raped even after the incident. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) strongly condemns this incident.”

She also questioned the AAP government for not acting tough against the accused officer and his delayed suspension. 

Going ahead, she cornered the incumbent AAP Minister of the WCD department Atishi Marlena for being silent on the issue. Swaraj further questioned DCW chief Swati Maliwal for obstructing the investigation and justice for the minor. 

She said, “Swati Maliwal ji is responsible for ensuring justice for the minor, why is she sitting on a protest and obstructing the investigation.” 

She added, “This is not a political matter. This is a matter that is shameful for the whole society. Bharatiya Janata Party is with the minor and her family in this difficult time.”

BJP targets the AAP government for appointing the accused as OSD to their Minister

In addition to Basuri Swaraj, Delhi BJP President Virendra Sachdeva shared the pictures of the purported documents which claim that Khakha was assigned as an OSD to the then WCD Minister. Taking to X, the BJP leader stated that Delhi demands answers from CM Arvind Kejriwal on why his government assigned the officer who raped a minor as OSD to their Minister. He further claimed that Khaka was assigned to the then WCD Minister Kailash Gehlot.

When the controversy spiralled, Delhi WCD Minister Atishi Marlena refuted BJP’s allegations and claimed that the rape-accused officer Khakha had never worked with her as an OSD. Speaking to ANI, Atishi said, “This is a completely false thing. He (the accused) has never worked with me as an OSD.” 

However, several social media handles started raising questions and demanded that the AAP government should come out clean on these allegations. They pointed out that though Atishi refuted that the rape-accused officer never worked as her OSD but could she also say the same about other AAP ministers who earlier worked in this portfolio?

While some social media handles claimed that accused Khakha was OSD during the tenure of Kailash Gehlot, others claimed that he served as OSD under Rajendra Pal Gautam. As per media reports and the purported documents accessed by Times Now, the accused Khakha was an OSD to the then-AAP Minister of the Women and Child Development (WCD) Department. 

Nevertheless, netizens stated that even if Atishi never worked with the accused, the AAP could not wash away the fact he was employed by their government in Delhi and had served as OSD to the WCD Department.

Click here, to know the full extent of the crime Khakha allegedly committed over the years. He was connected to the victim through the church. Replying on this case, NCPCR Chief Priyank Kanoongo informed, “The role of the Church, in this case, is suspicious.” 

Further, Khakha accused of raping a minor girl for several months has reportedly been OSD to AAP Minister since March 2022. It must be mentioned that controversial AAP leader Rajendra Pal Gautam was the WCD Minister at that time. Previously, he served as assistant director, Litigation and Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), in the Women and Child Development department. 

He additionally held the position of superintendent or person-in-charge at the Juvenile Justice Board I & III and Observation Home for Boys II in Delhi. He also served as an assistant director in the Department of Women & Child Development. According to reports, his responsibilities included overseeing the implementation of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme in Delhi and acting as the head of the office for Delhi’s Juvenile Justice Board.


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