HC cancels Prajapati’s bail, suspends judge who granted it

RSTV Bureau
Lucknow:  Rape-accused former UP minister in Samajwadi Party government Gayatri Prajapati arrested by police in Lucknow, March 15, 2017. Photo - PTI

Lucknow: Rape-accused former UP minister in Samajwadi Party government Gayatri Prajapati arrested by police in Lucknow, March 15, 2017.
Photo – PTI

The Allahabad High Court today stayed the bail order granted by a sessions court here to former Uttar Pradesh minister Gayatri Prajapati in a rape case.

The order was passed by Chief Justice Dilip B Bhosale on an application moved by the state government.

The High Court also suspended the additional district and sessions court judge Om Prakash Mishra who had granted the bail to the tainted minister.

The administrative committee of Allahabad High Court also seized all the powers of Mishra who was the designated judge for Protection of Child Sexual Offences (Pocso) Court.

Additional Advocate General V K Shahi submitted that sufficient time was not given by the sessions court to the prosecution for seeking instructions against the accused.

He further contended that in his bail application, Prajapati stated that he had no criminal case pending against him but six cases were pending against him.

“Order of bail of April 25 shall remain in abeyance until further orders. Investigation agency to take other accused in custody, pending the hearing and final disposal of this application,” the Lucknow bench of the high court said.

Prajapati and two of his alleged accomplices were on Tuesday granted bail by special judge of POCSO court Om Prakash Mishra in connection with the rape case that had rocked the state some months ago during the Samajwadi Party rule.

A woman from Chitrakoot had approached Gautampalli police station on February 17 alleging that she was raped by Prajapati and two more men for several months before she alerted the police.

She also alleged that the three had also sexually assaulted her minor daughter at Prajapati’s residence.