Lucknow: Seeking justice for rape accused Samajwadi Party leader Gayatri Prajapati, his family members on Monday went to meet UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at Janata Darbar. Prajapati, the former Uttar Pradesh minister was arrested on rape and molestation charges of a woman and her minor daughter.
The alleged rape of the woman and molestation of her minor daughter had attracted a lot of attention in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election. The victim woman from Chitrakoot had approached Gautampalli police station on February 17 alleging that she was raped by Prajapati and his two accomplices for several months. She had alleged that the three also sexually assaulted her minor daughter at Prajapati’s residence.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO )court judge granted bail to Prajapati and two other co-accused in the rape case and the one related to alleged molestation of the victim woman’s minor daughter. However, the reprieve proved short-lived as the Yogi Adityanath government moved the high court seeking cancellation of their bail. The order for a stay on their bail was passed by Chief Justice Dilip B Bhosale.
Meanwhile, the judge of a special court who had granted bail to the controversial former Uttar Pradesh minister has been suspended for giving him the relief. The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had stayed the bail granted to Prajapati by Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court judge O P Mishra. “Yes, the judge has been suspended and an inquiry ordered,” Allahabad High Court registrar D K Singh told PTI.
Prajapati had gone missing after the election and an FIR was lodged against him on February 27. He was arrested from Ashiyana area of Lucknow on March 15.
(With inputs from agencies)