High Court ordered IB probe to establish graft in Judge’s Bail order.
Bail granted to the UP Ex-Minister Gayatri Prajapati in a rape case had led to a huge furore, and it now emerges that relief was part of a deep conspiracy in which the senior judges were involved.
A sum of Rs 10 crore also changed hands in “deal”.
Startling facts came to light after the Allahabad High Court Chief Justice Dilip B Bhosale sought an inquiry into the Prajapati’s bail. The probe revealed that high-level corruption in posting of the judges to sensitive courts which handle the cases of heinous crimes such as rape and murder.
In his report, Bhosale stated that Additional District and Sessions Judge O P Mishra, who granted bail to Prajapati on April 25, was posted as the POCSO (Protection of the children from the Sexual Offences) judge on April 7 when he had just three weeks left for the retirement.
He was appointed bypassing the norms and by removing a judge who was “handling assignment efficiently” for a year.
Report further added that grant of bail was settled upon payment of Rs 10 crore, of which Rs 5 crore was shared among three lawyers who acted as the middlemen and Rs 5 crore was paid to POCSO Judge (Mishra) and District Judge Rajendra Singh who posted Mishra to sensitive court.
Singh has been questioned and his elevation as the HC judge has been withdrawn by Apex Court Collegium pending further action.
After a nudge from SC, UP Police had registered an FIR on February 17 against Prajapati, a minister in Samajwadi Party Government, in the rape case.
He was arrested on the March 15,2017 and moved a bail application in Mishra’s Court on April 24. A day later, he was granted bail even as investigation was still in progress.
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