A senior minister of the UP government has come under the harsh glare of the Supreme Court.
The SC has ordered an FIR be filed in eight weeks against Gayatri Prajapati and his associates over gang-rape allegations against him.
These serious allegations have been made by a 36-year old woman and her daughter who were reportedly sexually abused by Prajapati.
UP Minister under Supreme Court's radar
Gayatri Prajapati is a Transport Minister in UP Government and a close associate of Mulayam Singh Yadav. Over the years, he has had multiple brushes with the law. During his tenure as former Mining Minister, he was subjected to a CBI probe.
Prajapati allegedly raped woman while offering party membership
A 35-year old woman from Chitrakoot alleged that Prajapati raped her when she met him three years ago.
Prajapati reportedly clicked obscene photos of her and then blackmailed her. He continued to rape her for two years.
Reportedly, she was sexually abused under pretence of being given a good position in SP.
She decided to speak out when he started abusing her daughter.
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Police inaction delayed arrest of minister
The victim alleged that police refused to file an FIR when she approached them. She then took the case to the SC.
In the meantime, he was sacked from the ministry, but then reinstated.
When cops eventually reached his house after the court's rebuke, he was missing. He remained absconding for two weeks before being arrested from Lucknow in mid-March.
19 Jun 2017
High-level corruption in judiciary for rape accused Gayatri Prajapati's bail
This came to light when Allahabad HC Chief Justice Dilip Bhosale sought an inquiry into the bail. Earlier, the court had suspended additional district and sessions court judge OP Mishra for granting Prajapati bail.
Rs. 10cr deals, questionable postings and more
The probe found that OP Mishra had been posted as POCSO judge just three weeks before his retirement, bypassing norms and removing an "efficient" judge.
Three "middlemen" lawyers got Rs. 5cr, and another Rs. 5cr was shared between Mishra and district judge Rajendra Singh who posted Mishra.
Singh has been questioned. His elevation as HC judge has been withdrawn pending further investigation.
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