Gangrape case: Book UP minister, orders SC
The apex court bench asked the UP police to complete the probe in 2 months and asked the report to be filed in a sealed envelope.
Amid the ongoing assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, the Supreme Court on Friday directed registration of a first information report (FIR) against Gayatri Prajapati, a senior minister in the UP government, in a gangrape case.
This comes as a major jolt to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav's attempts to distance the Samajwadi Party from its rough image.
In its order, the apex court said that an FIR should be filed against Prajapati and his associates in the case to probe allegations levelled by a 36-year-old woman against the minister. The justices A K Sikri and R K Agrawal of the bench described the allegations as "very serious".
In the ongoing elections, Prajapati is competing in Amethi against Congress's Ameeta Singh and BJP's Garima Singh. Prajapati was at the centre of the power struggle in the Mulayam Singh Yadav clan when Akhilesh sacked him and another minister Raj Kishore Singh over alleged corruption charges in September last year.
After embarrassing rounds of suspensions and expulsions, Prajapati along with other controversial figures got the party ticket. The status of Prajapati as a local strongman is underlined by the fact that he is contesting in the Gandhi borough despite an SP-Congress election pact.
The apex court, however, was not satisfied with his contention and said police was bound to register case in heinous offences as held by various Supreme Court verdicts.