(Eds: Repeating after minor corrections) Lucknow, Jun 3 (PTI) The Lucknow Police has filed a chargesheet against former Uttar Pradesh minister and SP leader Gayatri Prajapati and six others for allegedly raping a woman and attempting to molest her minor daughter.

The Special Investigating Team (SIT) of Lucknow Police yesterday filed the chargesheet in a court here, a senior officer said.

A Chitrakoot-based woman corporator had alleged that Prajapati and his aides had raped her and attempted to molest her minor daughter in 2014.

An FIR was registered on February 17 against Prajapati and six others on a directive of the Supreme Court.

After being on the run for nearly a month, the 49-year- old Samajwadi Party leader was arrested on March 15 and sent to jail. The six other accused had been arrested earlier.

At the time of his arrest, Prajapati had claimed innocence. “This is a conspiracy to malign me,” he had said, adding that he was prepared to undergo a narco test to bring out the truth. He also demanded a narco test on the minor victim.

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