Former Union minister and BJP leader Chinmayanand who has been accused of rape by a 23-year-old law student was questioned by the police last night. The interrogation came nearly a month after the woman and her family went public with rape and blackmail allegations against the leader.
Chinmayanand was questioned for seven hours by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Uttar Pradesh police. According to sources, his questioning began at 06:20 pm on Thursday and went on till 01:00 am. He was reportedly questioned about the allegations of the woman that he filmed her, blackmailed her and sexually assaulted her for a year.
The interrogation of the leader came a day after the woman’s father claimed that the crucial evidence that could corroborate their claims had gone missing. The father said, “My daughter had safely kept the evidence against the accused in her hostel room which was later sealed on court orders. When the Special Investigation Team (SIT) opened the seal on September 9, some of the evidence was missing from the room.”
He also claimed that there were 12 videos that would prove the “murky side” of the saint-turned-politician and that the “police are working overtime to save him since he is a close friend of Yogi Adityanath”. The police have yet to file a rape case against the Chinamayanand, who runs several ashrams and institutions.