Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik asks CM why Prajapati is still a minister

The police is searching for the minister and trying to arrest him, the Governor said. .

Published: 05th March 2017 07:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th March 2017 07:50 PM   |  A+A-

By Online Desk

LUCKNOW: Continuance of the absconding rape-accused Gayatri Prajapati as a minister in Uttar Pradesh was on Sunday questioned by UP Governor Ram Naik who shot off a letter to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav seeking a "justification".
         
The Governor said Prajapati's continuance in the Cabinet is a "serious" issue and raises the question of constitutional morality and dignity since a non-bailable warrant has been issued against him and his passport has been cancelled for the fear of his fleeing the country.
         
"A non-bailable warrant has been issued against Prajapati after an FIR was registered against him in a rape case. Serious question of constitutional morality and dignity arises on his remaining in the cabinet," Naik wrote to the Chief Minister while seeking "justification on retaining the minister".
         
"This is serious in nature with Prajapati being a cabinet minister," he added. The Governor said it had also come to his notice that the CM himself had asked the minister to surrender but he has not done so till now and is absconding. "There are apprehensions that he might have fled to some foreign country," he said.
         
The police is searching for the minister and trying to arrest him, the Governor said. On the directives of the Supreme Court, the UP police had earlier filed an FIR against Prajapati, a senior SP leader, in connection with separate cases of gangrape and attempt to rape another woman and her minor daughter.
         
Yesterday, the passport of 49-year-old Prajapati was cancelled and a look-out notice was issued against him, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused SP-Congress of chanting "Gayatri Prajapati Mantra".
 
With PTI inputs

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