Lucknow, June 17: An illegal building of former Uttar Pradesh Samajwadi Party Minister Gayatri Prajapati, who is accused of gang rape charges and serving in jail, was demolished in Lucknow on Saturday.
The move was taken in the view that many norms were flouted in the construction of the building, officials said.
The Allahabad High Court had pronounced the building’s demolition but the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) set its leg aside due to fear of the once-powerful Minister. The LDA came into action after a recent rap by the court over the delay.
Officials of Lucknow Development Authority demolish illegal construction raised by Gayatri Prajapati in Ashiyana's Saleh Nagar pic.twitter.com/Mn791eYX2r
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Three bulldozers of the LDA went to the multi-storeyed building at Saleh Nagar in Aashiana on Saturday around noon and brought it down. There was no protest from anyone in the locality over the demolition, an official told IANS.
Several armed police officers had accompanied the squad fearing that locals and Prajapati supporters might create a ruckus.
Prajapati was one of the most powerful ministers in the Akhilesh Yadav cabinet and is currently in jail on charges of a gang rape and intimidation of the survivor.
He is also being probed by the CBI over illegal mining charges.