New Delhi: In a big setback for Samajwadi Party minister Gayatri Prajapati, the Supreme Court on Monday refused his plea and asked him to approach the concerned court in the rape case. According to the reports, the Supreme Court said that it’s very unfortunate that its order for registration of FIR against Gayatri Prajapati is being given a political colour. The SP leader who is absconding in the rape case – had approached the Supreme Court seeking protection from the arrest and recall of its earlier order.
Yesterday, the Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik wrote a letter to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav asking why absconding minister Gayatri Prajapati, who is accused of rape, was still in his cabinet. In a letter to Akhilesh, the governor said Prajapati, who is minister for transport, faced grave charges.
“His continuation as minister raises serious questions on the constitutional and moral values of a democratic set-up,” Naik wrote. Leading portal Times Of India quoted sources saying, Naik pointed out that since Prajapati had defied the CM’s directive to surrender, it showed the cabinet in poor light. He hinted that action was warranted against the minister.
A couple of days ago, the passport of rape accused UP minister was impounded and a look-out notice was issued against him, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the SP and Congress of chanting “Gayatri Prajapati Mantra”. Passport of rape accused minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati has been impounded,” ADG (Law and Order) Daljit Chaudhary told PTI.
He said UP police will approach the Ministry of External Affairs to get the passport cancelled.Chaudhary said Non-Bailable Warrant (NBW) had been issued against Prajapati and six others in connection with the case of alleged gangrape of a woman and attempt to rape her minor daughter.
He also said a look-out notice has been issued and raids were being conducted in Lucknow, Kanpur and Amethi to trace Prajapati who is absconding after he was booked under Supreme Court directive. The action came a day after airports across the country were alerted about the possibility of Prajapati trying to flee the country.
(With inputs from agencies)