Apology: No Role of Ex-Dist Judge Rajendra Singh in Prajapati Bail
The source of the news story was wrong and misleading.
The story titled, “Gayatri Prajapati Got Bail in Rape Case Via Rs 10 Cr Deal: Report”, was removed from our portal on 9 December 2017.
On 19 June 2017, a news report was carried on our portal, The Quint, based on reports from news agencies about the nomination of Mr. OP Mishra as the POCSO judge and the subsequent bail granted to ex-minister Gayatri Prajapati in a rape case. We have now come to know that the source of the news story was wrong and misleading. When Allahabad High Court appointed Sh. Laxmi Kant Rathore as Special Judge, Anti-Corruption/UPSEB by its Notification dated 30-03-2017 and Sh. Rathore took charge of Anti- Corruption/UPSEB on 06-04-201, the former District Judge Sh. Rajendra Singh nominated OP Mishra as POCSO Judge on 07-07-2017 as per notification and informed the High Court on the same date.
The former District Judge Sh. Rajendra Singh was not in any manner involved in either the nomination of the POCSO judge or the grant of bail to the former minister. We reiterate that the source of the information for the news story were reports of other news agencies. The story was removed from our portal on 9 December 2017. We deeply regret the publication of the wrong and misleading news story and tender an unconditional apology.
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