Samajwadi party leader and former minister in the Akhilesh Yadav government, Gayatri Prajapati was was arrested has been sent to 14 days judicial custody. After being on the run for weeks, the Uttar Pradesh politician, accused in a gang rape case was arrested in Lucknow on Wednesday morning. He was taken to a hospital for medical check up as part of procedure after which he was produced before a magistrate.The Samajwadi party leader was sent to judicial custody later.
The rape accused former Uttar Pradesh minister had absconded after the police had initiated action to arrest him. The Uttar Pradesh police had arrested 6 people including Gayatri Prajapati's son and nephew in connection with the case. The leader who lost the election from the Amethi assembly constituency seat had been on the run for 17 days.
A woman had alleged that the neta and his accomplices had gang raped her and had also attempted to molest her teenage daughter. Action against Prajapati came only after the Supreme Court intervened and directed the Uttar Pradesh government to ensure action against him. Apart from cases pertaining to rape, Gayatri Prajapati also faces charges under the POCSO act.