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POCSO court to frame charges against former Uttar Pradesh minister Gayatri Prajapati on 3 July

Lucknow: A special court will frame charges against former Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Gayatri Prajapati and six others in a gang rape case on 3 July. All the accused were earlier produced from jail before the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court which served them the copies of the investigation in connection with the case.

 POCSO court to frame charges against former Uttar Pradesh minister Gayatri Prajapati on 3 July

File image of Gayatri Prajapati. News18

Circle Officer Chowk Radheyshyam Rai had submitted the 824-page charge sheet before special judge Uma Shanker Sharma.

After taking cognisance, the court had deferred the hearing till Thursday.

The special investigating team (SIT) led by Rai had levelled allegation under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Gayatri, his gunner Chandra Pal, PRO Rupeshwer alias Rupesh, Ashok Tiwari, Vikas Verma, Amrendra Singh and Ashish Shukla.

The SIT also levelled allegations under POCSO Act against Gayatri, Amrendra, Ashish and Ashok.

The SIT had recorded statements of the victim and her daughter, collected call details, medical reports and statement of witnesses of as many as 24 persons during the probe.

The victim's FIR was registered with the Gautampalli police station in Lucknow on 18 February, 2017 on Supreme Court directive.

The victim had alleged that she was repeatedly raped by the accused on the pretext of allotting a mining licence and when the accused cast evil eyes on her daughter, she had to lodge a case.

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Updated Date: Jun 22, 2017 22:17:00 IST

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