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Gayatri Prajapati gets no relief for him, asks him to approach lower court
The Supreme Court (SC) rejected former Uttar Pradesh minister, Gayatri Prajapati's petition seeking stay on his arrest.

Prajapati is accused of raping a 16-year-old girl and her mother repeatedly over two years on the promise of a position in the state's ruling Samajwadi Party and sand mining contracts.

While rejecting his petition, the apex court bench headed by Justice Arjan Kumar asked Prajapati to move a lower court if he wants any relief in the case.

After earlier orders from the SC, the UP police had filed an FIR against Prajapati in connection with separate cases of gangrape and attempt to rape another woman and her minor daughter.

Prajapati had been absconding since the case came to light.

As reports of Prajapati's plans to leave the country surfaced, the police impounded his passport on Saturday and issued a look-out notice issued against him.

Prajapati is the Transport Minister in Akhilesh Yadav's Cabinet and is contesting the ongoing Uttar Pradesh Assembly election from Amethi.

Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik had also raised serious questions of "constitutional morality and dignity" over his continuance in the Akhilesh Council of Ministers.

"A non-bailable warrant has been issued against Prajapati after an FIR was registered against him in rape case. Serious questions of constitutional morality and dignity arise on his remaining in the Cabinet," the Governor said in a letter to Akhilesh.

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