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Court refuses to revoke Posco charges against Gayatri Prajapati

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi ChaturvediBy Sakshi Chaturvedi

Published on 19 July 2017 8:28 AM GMT

Court refuses to revoke Posco charges against Gayatri Prajapati
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Lucknow: A special court on Wednesday rejected a plea by lawyers of former Uttar Pradesh minister Gayatri Prajapati, an accused in a gang-rape case, for the removal of POSCO charges on him.

Uma Shanker Sharma, the judge of the special court, fixed August 1 as the next date of hearing wherein evidence would be submitted against Prajapati.

The court also framed charges against the senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and six others under the POCSO Act.

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The court also observed a strong doubt was enough as an evidence and added that there were eye witness accounts and other evidence as well against the accused Gayatri Prajapati, Vikas Verma, Ashish Shukla, Ashok Tiwari and others in the chargesheet.

Keeping these things in mind, the court observed, revoking the charges under POSCO would not be correct.

Prajapati, one of the most powerful ministers in the previous Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh, is languishing in prison in gang-rape charges. He was given bail a few weeks ago but it was cancelled after a furore.

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A committee formed by the Allahabad High Court to probe the granting of bail had discovered that the former minister was given bail by a judge set to retire a day later at a bribe fixed at around Rs 2 crore.

IANS

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi Chaturvedi

A journalist, presently working as a Sub-Editor at newstrack.com.

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