SC refuses relief to absconding rape accused UP Minister Gayatri Prajapati


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the arrest of absconding rape accused Uttar Pradesh Minister Gayatri Prajapati.

Rejecting Prajapati’s petition challenging its order, the apex court bench headed by Justice Arjan Kumar has asked Prajapati to move a lower court if he wants any relief in the case.

The Supreme Court said it has not ordered the arrest of the absconding Samajwadi Party leader and had merely asked for an FIR to be filed and the beginning of an investigation into the case. The court also clarified it was not monitoring the case.

Meanwhile, on February 18 the police has registered an FIR against the ruling Samajwadi Party politician, who has been at large, for allegedly gangraping a woman and molesting her daughter with his aides.

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