UP Election 2017: Governor asks CM Akhilesh Yadav why rape-accused Gayatri Prajapati is still part of govt

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik has shot a letter to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, seeking clarification on whether he "justifies" it to "retain" the tainted minister Gayatri Prajapati in his Cabinet.

Gayatri Prajapati. Image courtesy: CNN-News18

Gayatri Prajapati. Image courtesy: CNN-News18

"A non-bailable warrant has been issued against Prajapati after an FIR was registered against him in rape case. Serious question of constitutional morality and dignity arise on his remaining in the cabinet", the governor said in a letter to the chief minister, seeking his "justification on retaining the minister".

Naik said that as per media reports, a look out notice has been issued against Prajapati fearing that he might flee from the country and his passport has also been impounded. "This is serious in nature with Prapatati being a Cabinet minister", he added.

He said that it has also come to his notice that the chief minister himself has asked the minister to surrender, but he has not done so till now and is absconding. There are apprehensions that he might have fled to some foreign country, he said. The police is searching for the minister and trying to arrest him, the governor said in his letter.

The passport of Prajapati, who is a senior government minister, was impounded on Saturday and a look-out notice was issued against him, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused SP-Congress of chanting "Gayatri Prajapati Mantra".

On the directives of the Supreme Court, the UP police have filed an FIR against Prajapati in connection with separate cases of gangrape and attempt to rape another woman and her minor daughter.


Published Date: Mar 05, 2017 05:21 pm | Updated Date: Mar 05, 2017 05:21 pm

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