High Court Cancels Rape-accused SP Leader Gayatri Prajapati's Bail

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Lucknow: In a big setback for Samajwadi Party leader Gayatri Prajapati, the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court on Friday cancelled the bail granted to him by the POCSO court. The Yogi Adityanath-led government had moved the court, seeking the cancellation of the former cabinet minister's bail.

Sources said the Investigative Officer (IO) of the case was compromised. The IO hadn't shared the details of the investigation with his senior officers.

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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