Bail Of Former UP Minister Gayatri Prajapati In Money Laundering Case Rejected
Lucknow, Sep 29 (TNA) A special court of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has rejected the bail application of former mining minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati, who has been arrested in a money laundering case. Judge Sarvesh Kumar dismissed the arguments of accused Gayatri for bail and termed the crime as serious. ED's special counsel Kuldeep Srivastava opposed the bail application.
He said that on February 8, 2021, Gayatri was sent to jail in judicial custody in this case of money laundering. Then charge sheet was also filed within the stipulated time period, on which cognizance has also been taken. Earlier, it was said on behalf of Gayatri that the ED has not filed the charge sheet within the stipulated period of 60 days.
On October 26, 2020, Vigilance had registered a case of disproportionate assets against Gayatri. On January 14, 2021, the ED also started investigation on the same basis. Preliminary investigation revealed that Gayatri, as Mining Minister, has acquired disproportionate assets. This property is in Mohanlalganj, Amethi, Kanpur and Lonavala. Gayatri also has many firms, in which many crores of rupees have been invested. Son Anil Prajapati is the director of these companies. During the investigation, the ED seized Gayatri's assets worth about 37 crores and filed a charge sheet under 3/4 PMLA Act.