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Did Gayatri Prajapati Bribe Senior Judge To Get Bail? Click Here For Details

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| June 19 , 2017 , 16:03 IST

Gayatri Prajapati the former minister of Uttar Pradesh who was in jail for committing a rape is out on bail.

Gayatri is said to have paid a Rs 10 crore bribe to ensure bail for himself a high-level probe initiated by the Allahabad court has revealed. Chief Justice Dilip B Bhosale probed into the matter and he said that additional district and sessions judge O P Mishra, who granted bail to Prajapati on April 25, was posted as POCSO (Protection of children from sexual offences) judge on April 7 when he had just three weeks left for retirement.

He was appointed bypassing norms and by removing a judge who was "handling the assignment efficiently" for a year.

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The report said the grant of bail was settled upon payment of Rs 10 crore, of which Rs 5 crore was shared among three lawyers who acted as middlemen and Rs 5 crore was paid to the POCSO judge (Mishra) and district judge Rajendra Singh who posted Mishra to the sensitive court.

"Laxmi Kant Rathaur, who was assigned POCSO jurisdiction on July 18, 2016, was doing very well. There was absolutely no justification or reason to change him suddenly and appoint O P Mishra as POCSO judge on April 7, 2017, more so when he was about to retire within three weeks," Justice Bhosale is believed to have observed in his confidential report.

The report said the "integrity of O P Mishra was doubtful and he did not enjoy a good reputation.

Inputs from toi.