SC refuses relief to rape-accused UP minister

SC refuses relief to rape-accused UP minister

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to grant any relief to Uttar Pradesh minister Gayatri Prajapati, who is evading arrest in a gang-rape case.

A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, however, expressed unhappiness and termed as “unfortunate” that its order for registration of an FIR against the Samajwadi Party leader was being given a ‘political colour’.

The court clarified it has only ordered the Uttar Pradesh police to lodge an FIR against Prajapati in cases of gang-rape and an attempt to rape a woman and her minor daughter, and is not monitoring these cases.

It rejected his plea for recall of the February 17 order, observing that the minister can approach the court concerned for appropriate relief.

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