POSCO court special judge OP Mishra was suspended for granting bail to former Uttar Pradesh Minister Gayatri Prajapati in rape case on Saturday. Departmental enquiry into the court’s decision was also ordered.
According to reports, Justice Sudhir Agrawal will investigate the matter against OP Mishra. OP Mishra is due to retire on April 30.
The High Court said that the circumstances under which the bail has been given is highly objectionable. While granting bail, Justice OP Mishra said that it was consensual sex and why the convict did not protested in last three years.
An FIR was registered against Prajapati and six others on February 17 on a Supreme Court directive.
Prajapati (49) was then a minister in the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh.
When asked about the bail granted to his former cabinet colleague, Akhilesh said, “It’s good that he got bail. Please tell me if there is anything wrong in it.”
After being on the run for nearly a month, Prajapati (49) was arrested from the Aashiyana area here on March 15 and was sent to jail for allegedly raping a woman and attempting to rape her minor daughter in 2014.
The six others had been arrested earlier. Prajapati had approached the Supreme Court to get a stay on his arrest.
With PTI inputs