Chinmayanand, rape victim bail pleas rejected

Shahjahanpur district court in Uttar Pradesh dismissed the bail pleas of BJP leader and former union minister Swami Chinmayanand and the law student who has accused him of rape, who is in jail on 14-day judicial remand in connection with Rs 5 crore extortion case, last evening.

Both Chinmayanand and the law student had moved local district and sessions court moving their respective bail applications which had to be heard on Monday. Notably, an LLM student, 23, of SS Law College, run by Mumukshu Ashram of Chinmayanand had accused the Swami of rape and harassment for over a year.

Following her complaint, Chinmayanand was booked under Sections 376 C (sexual intercourse by person in authority), 342 (Wrongful Confinement), 354 D (stalking) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC. He was arrested on September 20 and the CJM court had remanded him to 14-day judicial custody following which he was sent to the district jail same day.

Later, the law student allegedly accused of participating in an extortion bid of Rs 5 crore from Chinmayanand, was also booked on charges under Sections 385 (Putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion), 507 (Criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication), 201(Causing disappearance of evidence), 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of
IPC and Section 67 (A) of IT Act.

She was arrested on early Wednesday morning (September 25, 2019), a day before hearing on her plea for anticipatory bail was due in district court. The girl was also sent to jail on 14-day judicial remand after due medical examination on September 25, 2019.

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