Judge who granted bail to rape accused ex-Uttar Pradesh minister Gayatri Prajapati suspended

The Additional Sessions Judge who granted bail to rape accused former Uttar Pradesh minister and Samajwadi Party leader Gayatri Prajapti was suspended on Friday.

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Friday suspended the Additional Sessions Judge Om Prakash Mishra after he granted bail to rape accused Samajwadi Party Gayatri Prajapati.

The court has also ordered a departmental inquiry against the judge that will be headed by Justice Sudhir Agarwal.

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Friday stayed the bail given to former Uttar Pradesh minister Gayatri Prajapati in a rape case.

WHY WAS PRAJAPATI ARRESTED?

Prajapati, who was arrested in connection with a case of an alleged sexual assault of a minor girl, was released from the district jail in Lucknow earlier on Wednesday.

Prajapati was earlier granted bail by a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court, Lucknow.

Two associates of Prajapati were also given bail. The court asked them to pay Rs 1 lakh each and a personal bond of same amount as a condition of bail.

PRAJAPATI'S CASE

Prajapati was arrested on March 15 from the Aashiyana area in Lucknow by the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF).

The Samajwadi Party leader, who was also accused of allegedly raping the girl's mother, evaded his arrest for nearly a month before he was arrested.

Earlier in February, a police complaint had been filed against the former minister and six others in the case following the Supreme Court's order.

The Uttar Pradesh Police had also filed a non- bailable warrant against the former minister and six others for the same.

With inputs from ANI