Samajwadi Party leader and former mining minister Gayatri Prajapati was on Tuesday granted bail by a POCSO court in connection with a rape case.
Two other accused, Vikas Varma and Amrendra Singh alias Mintu Singh, were also granted bail by special judge of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court, Lucknow, Om Prakash Mishra.
Prajapati is an accused in the gang rape of a woman and sexual harassment of her minor daughter in 2014. A non-bailable warrant was issued against the former minister and six others in the case.
The woman accused Prajapati of offering her tea laced with sedatives and raping her. She also accused Prajapati of trying to rape her minor daughter.
Prajapati had contested the 2017 assembly election from Amethi seat but lost. The former minister went missing after the election and an FIR was lodged against him on February 27.
The Supreme Court had also turned down Prajapati’s plea for stay on arrest on March 6.
A lookout notice was also issued for Prajapati by the UP Police after he went missing.
He was arrested from Ashiyana area in Lucknow by the UP Special Task Force (STF) on March 15.
The minister, considered close to SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, is also facing charges of misappropriation of funds in the mining department.