Supreme Court stays Allahabad HC order granting bail to ex-UP minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati in gangrape case

The high court granted Prajapati bail due to the threat of COVID and noted that doctors had advised him to get treatment at a super-specialty hospital

Press Trust of India September 21, 2020 17:49:34 IST
Supreme Court stays Allahabad HC order granting bail to ex-UP minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati in gangrape case

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the interim bail granted to former Uttar Pradesh minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati.

He was granted bail for two months on medical grounds by the Allahabad High Court, in a gang rape case.

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on 3 September had granted the interim bail to Prajapati, who was a minister in the erstwhile Samajwadi Party government.

Despite the high court bail, Prajapati remained in judicial custody as a fresh case of fraud, forgery and criminal intimidation was registered against him.

A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah took note of the plea of the Uttar Pradesh government and stayed the high court's bail order and sought response of the accused leader on the petition.

The state government, in its appeal, said that the "High Court has erroneously granted a short-term bail of two months to the Respondent accused in a POCSO case solely on medical grounds ignoring that the accused has throughout been treated in premier national medical Institutes KGMC/SG-PGI, also specially when the regular bail application of the Respondent has already been fixed for hearing in the week commencing 28 September."

It said the accused was a "very prominent Minister in the erstwhile government and wielded considerable influence in the environs of powers".

The political position of the accused was so dominating that the FIR against him was registered only after the victim approached the Supreme Court, the Yogi Adityanath government said.

The high court, while granting the bail, had said the threat to the ex-minister from COVID-19 was real and imminent and noted that he has been asked by doctors to get treated at a super-specialty hospital as he was suffering from various diseases.

Prajapati is in jail since 15 March, 2017 and is currently undergoing treatment for various ailments at KGMU.

He, along with others, is accused of raping a woman and attempting to molest her minor daughter.

The gang rape case was lodged with Gautampalli police station in 2017 and later, Prajapati was arrested and sent to jail on 15 March, 2017.

He was earlier granted bail by a sessions court in the case but it was cancelled by the high court before his release from jail.

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