The Supreme Court on March 6 refused UP Minister Gayatri Parajapati’s plea to stay his arrest order in connection with a gang-rape and sexual harassment case. Prajapati had filed a petition challenging the court’s order which was rejected by the court bench headed by Justice Arjan Kumar. The bench has asked Prajapati to move to a lower court if he wants any relief in the case. Prajapati has been absconding since February 27 after an FIR was filed against him.
“The law should take its course if there is a non-bailable warrant against him. Prajapati can approach the concerned court for seeking bail if he is arrested,” the apex court said.
Acting on the orders of the Supreme Court, the Uttar Pradesh police have filed an FIR against Prajapati.
Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, in a letter had questioned Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, on whether he “justifies” retaining the tainted minister Gayatri Prajapati in his cabinet.
“A non-bailable warrant has been issued against Prajapati after an FIR was registered against him in rape case. The serious question of constitutional morality and dignity arise on his remaining in the cabinet”, Governor said in a letter to CM seeking his “justification on retaining the minister”.
The minister has become a huge problem for Akhilesh Yadav and his government in the middle of elections in Uttar Pradesh.
The Cabinet Minister in Akhilesh Yadav’s government is accused of raping a woman and also molesting her young daughter.