Uttar Pradesh Transport Minister and senior Samajwadi Party leader Gayatri Prajapati faces arrest as Supreme Court on February 17 ordered registration of FIR against the minister in a gang rape and sexual harassment case. The court has also asked the UP police to submit a status report for the case within a period of eight weeks.

The Supreme Court added that if the accused is influential, it does not mean that police will not file a FIR against him. The victim knocked the door of the apex court when Uttar Pradesh police did not file a FIR against the minister.

According to the 35-year-old victim, Prajapati raped her three years ago and took her obscene photos on the pretext of giving her a position in Samajwadi Party. He also threatened to release the photos in public if she had complaints against him.

The victim, who hails from Chitrakoot, has alleged that her daughter was also molested by the minister. Earlier, Allahabad High Court had quashed the plea filed by the victim in this regard.

Reacting to the Supreme Court order, Prajapati exclaimed that this FIR was a conspiracy deployed by the BJP to show him in a bad light.

Prajapati scripted history in 2012 elections by becoming the first ever SP MLA to win from Amethi, the constituency which is known as the bastion of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. This time too, Prajapati is contesting assembly election from Amethi as a Samajwadi party candidate.