New Delhi, Mar 6 (PTI) UP minister Gayatri Prajapati, who is evading arrest, today failed to get relief from the Supreme Court which expressed unhappiness that its order on lodging of FIR against the SP leader was being given “political colour”.

A bench headed by Justice A K Sikri clarified that it has only ordered the Uttar Pradesh police to lodge an FIR against Prajapati in cases of alleged gangrape and attempt to rape a woman and her daughter and is not monitoring these cases.

The minister can approach the court concerned for appropriate relief, the apex court said while rejecting Prajapati’s plea for recall of its order for lodging an FIR against him.

The apex court had on February 17 directed the UP Police to lodge an FIR against Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Prajapati and asked it to submitt an action taken report regarding the incidents in eight weeks in a sealed cover.

“We have simply directed registration of an FIR and investigation in these cases,” the bench said, adding, “now political colour is being given to this order. It is unfortunate”.

“Let the police investigate this matter and say whatever they want,” the apex court said.

Prajapati, whose opponents have used the issue in electioneering in poll-bound state to attack him and his party, has cried foul alleging that it is a “politically motivated” case as the complainant is affiliated to the BJP.

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