Lucknow, March 6: In a major development, a close aide of rape accused minister Gayatri Prajapati surrendered before Lucknow Police on Monday. As per news agency ANI, Chander Pal, a close aide and head constable surrendered to Lucknow Police. After revoking his passport for a month, Uttar Pradesh police issued a lookout notice for the tainted Samajwadi Party leader Gayatri Prajapati.

In an earlier development, the Supreme Court rejected the plea filed by Gayatri Prajapati requesting interim relief in the matter. The issue of a tainted leader occupying a cabinet berth has roared in the campaigning for Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too accused Samajwadi Party of chanting “Gayatri Prajapati mantra” for success in assembly elections. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik also reportedly wrote a letter to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav seeking his clarification on the continuation of Gayatri Prajapati as a cabinet minister in the government. Samajwadi Party has fielded Gayatri Prajapati to contest the Amethi seat in assembly elections.

The complainant in the case had alleged that she was raped by Gayatri Prajapati three years ago. The victim also alleged that the Samajwadi Party leader mixed sedatives in her tea which made her unconscious and took objectionable images of the lady. She said that she was repeatedly raped as the Samajwadi Party leader threatened to make her pictures public. However, the case turned sinister when the complainant alleged that her daughter was molested by the SP leader as well.

A case against Samajwadi Party legislator and minister Gayatri Prajapati under ‘The Protection of children from Sexual Offences Act was registered in Gautampalli Station in Lucknow.

The apex court had earlier directed the Uttar Pradesh Police to file a status report in the case within a period of eight weeks. The development came as a shock to Samajwadi Party which has recently witnessed a bitter family feud over creating the perception of a clean image of the party. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has made the clean image of politicians a core issue in the assembly elections.