Rape accused BJP leader Chinmayanand arrested

Former Union minister and BJP leader Chinmayanand, who has been accused of rape by Uttar Pradesh law student, has been arrested by UP Special Investigative Team (SIT). An official said the BJP leader has been taken for medical examination.

A senior UP police official said that the BJP leader has been placed under arrest. The arrest came five days after the woman detailed what she said was a year of sexual assault and blackmail before a court.

On Monday, the woman, a student at a law college that Chinmayanand runs, went to a court protected by over 50 police personnel and recorded her statement in the court of the chief judicial magistrate.

The woman had given a pen drive containing over 40 videos to the SIT to support her allegations. The investigative team had taken the woman to Chinmayanand’s bedroom and had collected evidence.

The woman, in her 12-page complaint said that she met Chinmayanand in June 2018 for admission in a law course at a college which he runs. She alleged that he took her phone number and arranged her admission. He also called her and offered her a job at the college library for Rs 5000. The woman worked in the library while continuing classes since her family was poor.

“He asked me to move into the hostel in October and later invited me to his ashram,” the complaint added. The woman claimed he showed her a video of her bathing in the hostel and threatened to make it “viral” and forced himself on her. She said the leader also filmed the rape and used it for blackmail. The assaults continued until July this year.

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