Judge suspended for granting bail to rape-accused Gayatri Prajapati

LUCKNOW: The administrative committee of the Allahabad High Court has suspended Justice Om Prakash Mishra for granting bail to former Uttar Pradesh Minister Gayatri Prajapati, accused in a gangrape case.

All powers of the Additional District and Sessions Court judge have also been seized by the court, after Chief Justice DB Bhonsle took a grim view of the bail granted to the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader by the judge.

Mishra was posted in the Protection of Child Sexual Offences (Pocso) Court in Lucknow. He is set to retire on April 30.

Gayatri Prajapati was a powerful minister in the former Akhilesh Yadav cabinet and held Mining and Transport portfolios. He was accused of patronising illegal mining, a charge being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The former Amethi legislator, who bit the dust at the hustings in the assembly polls in March, was accused of raping a woman and attempting to rape her minor daughter.

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