Former UP minister Gayatri Prajapati, 2 others gets life imprisonment in rape case

Gayatri Prajapati, a former minister from Uttar Pradesh was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Chitrakoot case of gang rape and fined Rs 2 lakh.

This case concerns a Chitrakoot woman who filed a complaint against the ex-SP minister and his accomplices for gang rape, Friday’s special Lucknow court sentenced Gayatri Prajapati (ex-minister of Uttar Pradesh) to life imprisonment. Ashish Shukla, Ashok Tewari and Ashok Tewari were also convicted in a case involving gang-rape. The three men were also fined Rs 2 lakh each.

Gayatri Prajapati, Ashok Tiwari, and Ashish Shukla, were in court to hear the verdict.

Judge P K Rai held Prajapati and his accomplices, who were key figures in the Akhilesh Yadav government before it, guilty of raping Prajapati and trying to rape the girl’s minor daughter.

Friday’s sentence was handed down because all three of the accused were in court.

Rajapati is also being investigated for irregularities in his ministry as mining minister under the previous Samajwadi Party administration.

On the orders of the Supreme Court the FIR against the minister was filed at Gautampalli’s police station. This was in response to the plea by the woman against inaction of police regarding her complaint. The FIR was registered on February 18th 2017. The minister was taken into custody in March.

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