Judge Who Granted Bail to SP Leader Prajapati in Rape Case Suspended
The sessions court judge who had granted bail to rape accused Samajwadi Party leader Gayatri Prajapati has been suspended.
New Delhi: The special court judge who had granted bail to rape accused Samajwadi Party leader Gayatri Prajapati has been suspended. A departmental inquiry has also been ordered against him.
On Friday, the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court cancelled Prajapati's bail, granted by a POCSO court. The decision to suspend the judge was taken by the High Court administration.
The Yogi Adityanath-led government had moved the court, seeking the cancellation of the former cabinet minister's bail.
Prajapati was arrested from Lucknow on March 15 after the Supreme Court’s directives and was sent to judicial custody. The SP leader had sought a Narco test soon after his arrest and denied the charges against him, calling them politically motivated.
An FIR was lodged on February 17 against the 49-year-old minister and six others for allegedly gang-raping a woman and attempting to rape her minor daughter.
The woman had said in her complaint that she was gang-raped from October 2014 to July 2016. When the accused tried to molest her daughter, she wrote a letter in October 2016 to the DGP demanding action.
A Look Out notice and a non-bailable warrant were issued against Prajapati, while his passport was also impounded. Airports across the country were alerted about the possibility of Prajapati trying to flee the country.
In 2016, Prajapati had been sacked by then chief minister Akhilesh Yadav during the Samajwadi Party family feud but was later reinstated in the council of ministers.
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