Swami Chinmayanand arrested from Shahjahanpur in rape case

Swami Chinmayanand arrested from Shahjahanpur in rape case

PTI, however, reported that the SIT has named an unidentified woman as a suspect in the same case.

The student has claimed the police are trying to weaken the case against the ruling party politician. She did not name Chinmayanand in the video.

The matter also turned into a major controversy with the Supreme Court intervention and the opposition accusing the Yogi Adityanath government of favouring Chinmayanand and avoiding his arrest.

The charges against him were also unclear.

While the police have not revealed on what charges they have booked Mr. Chinmayanand, his lawyer hinted that it could be under Section 376 C of the Indian Penal Code. The student studied at a college run by the 72-year-old leader's ashram.

If proved, a rape charge can lead to punishment of up to life imprisonment. It is an attempt to weaken the case against him, she told reporters.

The case is being investigated by the special investigation team (SIT) set up by Uttar Pradesh police on the directions of the Supreme Court. The BJP leader was taken to the court following a medical examination.

But it was not clear if by crime he was referring to rape or the massage. He also added that Swami Chinmayanand said he was ashamed of what he had done. A local court later sent him to 14-day judicial custody.

However, according to Press Trust of India news agency, the BJP leader so far has been charged only with stalking, wrongful confinement and intimidation. Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a top lawmaker from the state, was arrested a year ago for allegedly raping a teenager.

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ThePrint learnt that the student had purchased a pair of camera-fitted spectacles from Flipkart, which she received on 29 March, and started recording these videos to gather evidence against Chinmayanand.

According to Arora, the SIT managed to look at Chinmayanand's call records and found that he had called the survivor more than 200 times on her mobile. When the statement of the girl was recorded, she gave some video clippings. I do not know what the planning is behind Chinmayanand's arrest.

The woman had submitted a pen drive containing 43 video clips to support her allegations.

Sanjay Singh, Sachin Singh and Vikram have been arrested and accused of sending a message to Chinmayanand demanding Rs 5 crores and threatening him with the release of objectionable videos, Arora said. Rather he was kept under house arrest at his ashram.

His arrest has taken place after a law student alleged that she was repeatedly raped and blackmailed by Chinmayanand. The circumstantial evidence in the case also being examined.

The case surfaced when the student went missing on August 24 after putting up a Facebook post without naming Chinmayanand. She was later traced in Rajasthan on 30 August.

"The probe is not complete yet, and it will continue".

However, questions were being raised on the working of the SIT, which failed to arrest or question the BJP leader despite witnesses and evidences against him.

The mother of the woman who has levelled rape allegations against Chinmayanand was apparently appointed as a teacher at a college run by his Mumukshu ashram in May, sources said.

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