Chinmayanand arrested only after survivor threatened self immolation: Priyanka Gandhi

Swami Chinmayanand

I already told the (police) in details how I was raped and yet he has not been charged with rape.

Three men known to the woman have been arrested in the extortion case. Later, the student also accused him of rape and "physical exploitation". However, the former ruling party MP was never taken into custody.

The woman had given a pen drive containing over 40 videos to the SIT to support her allegations.

The charges against him were also unclear.

The police have booked Chinmayanand under Sections 376c (intercourse by a person of authority), 354 D (stalking), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code. The student studied at a college run by the 72-year-old leader's ashram. A rape charge would have meant a seven-year jail term extending to a life term. It is an attempt to weaken the case against him, she told reporters.

However on September 7, the woman lodged a complaint of rape at a police station in New Delhi which was later transferred to the SIT which is believed to have included the section of rape in the FIR against Chinmayanand.

"When you have come to know everything, I have nothing to say".

The Supreme Court took cognizance of the matter and directed the state government to form SIT to probe the matter.

But it was not clear if by crime he was referring to rape or the massage.

Chinmayanand was not charged with rape for nearly a month, after the woman filed a police complaint.

But the SIT said there would be no arrest without "solid evidence".

The woman, who is a postgraduate student at one of the ashram's colleges, has alleged that she was raped and physically exploited for a year by the former Union minister. The court also ordered security for the victim and her family. When the statement of the girl was recorded, she gave some video clippings. All the video clippings of the girl, and the videos related to extortion were sent for forensic examination. Although she did not name the BJP leader in the initial video, the woman's father named Chinamayanand in his complaint. "He was arrested from his house".

He was taken for medical examination to a government hospital.

Teams led by senior police officials have been deployed at the court premises and the hospital.

The SIT has also registered a case against Sanjay Singh, Sachin Sengar, Vikram alias Durgesh and an unnamed person (Ms A) under sections that relate to extortion, criminal evidence, and causing the disappearance of evidence.

The case surfaced when the student went missing on August 24 after putting up a Facebook post without naming Chinmayanand.

On August 30, she was traced to Rajasthan and was produced before the Supreme Court. The duo exchanged 4200 calls since January 1 this year", Arora said and added, "We are yet to recover the phone used by the woman and Sanjay. "He also admitted to have threatened the girl", the source said.

His accuser had also threatened to set herself on fire, alleging that police had failed to investigate Mr Sengar.

The college principal has handed over the related documents to the SIT probing the case, they said.



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