Gayatri Prajapati rape case: Former UP minister granted bail by POCSO court

Lucknow: Former UP minister Gayatri Prajapati and his two accomplices were Tuesday granted bail by a POCSO court in connection with a rape case.

File photo of Gayatri Prajapati. Image courtesy: twitter.com/@DDNewsLive

File photo of Gayatri Prajapati. Image courtesy: twitter.com/@DDNewsLive

Special judge of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court Om Prakash Mishra granted the bail to Prajapati, Vikas Verma and Amrendra Singh alias Mintu.

The court asked him to furnish two sureties of Rs 1 lakh each and a personal bond of the same amount. The FIR was registered against Prajapati and six others on the directive of the Supreme Court.

Prajapati (49) was arrested on 15 March and sent to jail for allegedly raping a woman and attempting to rape her minor daughter.

The woman had alleged that Prajapati had raped her when she met him three years ago. She alleged that she was raped when she fell unconscious after taking tea laced with a sedative.

Prajapati allegedly took some photos of the victim and then threatened to make them public and continued to rape her for two years.

In the just-concluded Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Prajapati lost his Amethi seat to the BJP.

The allegations against Prajapati were raked up by the BJP during the elections to attack the then Akhilesh Yadav-led government.

In March, the Supreme Court had refused to stay the arrest order of Gayatri Prajapati.

"It's very unfortunate that its order for registration of FIR against Gayatri Prajapati is being given a political colour," Justice AK Sikri and Justice RK Agrawal said, while refusing to allow his plea to recall the order on lodging of FIR in the sexual assault case.

The bench said Prajapati can approach the concerned court for seeking bail if he gets arrested. "Whatever remedies the parties have they will have right to avail," said the bench.

The court made it clear that it was not monitoring the case against him and its order was confined to the registration of FIR.

On 17 February, the apex court had asked Uttar Pradesh Police to register an FIR against Prajapati.

 


Published Date: Apr 25, 2017 03:54 pm | Updated Date: Apr 25, 2017 03:53 pm


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