Allahabad HC Stays Gayatri Prajapati’s Bail in Rape Case

On Tuesday, Prajapati and two of his alleged accomplices were granted bail by a special judge of POCSO court.

The Allahabad High Court on Friday stayed the bail order granted by a sessions court 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 through Additional Advocate General VK Shahi, seeking cancellation of bail granted to Prajapati and two other co-accused in the case.

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.

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 17 February 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.

(With inputs from PTI.)