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Tuesday , 22 August 2017
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SC denies relief to rape-accused UP Minister Gayatri Prajapati

The Supreme Court (SC) today refused to provide any relief to rape-accused UP Minister Gayatri Prajapati. The minister had filed an application in the Supreme Court to get a stay on his arrest. The SC stated that its order was only related to the registration of FIR against the minister. However, it also said that the police can take action against Prajapati, as per the provisions of the law.

The Supreme Court directed the minister to approach the concerned court to seek relief. “The law should take its course if there is a non-bailable warrant against him. Prajapati can approach concerned court for seeking bail if he is arrested,” the Supreme Court said. The Supreme Court also expressed its regret, saying that it is very unfortunate that the entire matter is being politicized.

It may be recalled that Prajapati is absconding since February 27, after the police lodged an FIR against him in the alleged rape and molestation case. Prajapati had earlier denied the allegations against him, saying that it was a political conspiracy by the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP). He had claimed that he does not even know the victim.

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