1. UP elections: SP minister Gayatri Prajapati breaks down, says “court will do justice to me”

UP elections: SP minister Gayatri Prajapati breaks down, says “court will do justice to me”

Prajapati was booked for rape and sexual harassment after intervention from the Supreme Court.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: February 20, 2017 3:16 PM
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Tainted Samajwadi Party leader Gayatri Prajapati on Monday moved to Supreme Court against an earlier order which asked state police to register a FIR against him. The leader, while addressing a rally in Amethi, broke down and said that court will listen to him and do justice. The minister is currently facing charges of  rape and sexual harassment. Prajapati was booked for rape and sexual harassment after intervention from the Supreme Court. The apex court also ordered a status of investigation in the cases. The Uttar Pradesh police has been given eight weeks time for the same. As per earlier reports, a 35-year-old woman had complained against Prajapati alleging that Prajapati has raped her for the past two years. She further alleged Prajapati of taking obscene photos, and threatening to make them public. The state police was refusing to file any such report and therefore, the apex court ordered the FIR against Prajapati. Prajapati said that this was a BJP conspiracy against him and the truth will come out soon. But said that he respects SC’s decision.

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SP minister Prajapati has multiple cases registered against him. In the past Prajapati was under Lokyukta scanner for the alleged misuse of his position to amass assets worth crores. Prajapati also formed the initial fulcrum of tussle between CM Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yadav. The minister, considered close to Shivpal, was sacked twice by Akhilesh in three months.

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Recently, Election Commission had censured the Samajwadi Party minister in another case for violation of the model code of conduct under a rule which prohibits ‘corrupt practices’ and ‘bribing of voters’. The EC in January 2017, also asked why should Prajapati not be booked for an FIR filed against him in Fatehpur police station for a consignment containing 4,452 sarees being seized, for which Prajapati was the receiver. The driver alleged that the sarees were to be delivered to Gayatri Prajapati so as to distribute among the voters in Amethi.

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