The Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is investigating the sexual harassment charge against former BJP minister Chinmayanand, on Tuesday booked BJP’s Shahjahanpur district vice-president Dharmendra Pratap Singh Rathore and his associate in a case of extortion in which the woman complainant is an accused. Dharmendra’s elder brother, JPS Rathore is BJP’s state vice-president and chairman of UP Pollution Control Board with the minister of state rank.
After Chinmayanand was booked for sexual harassment, he had filed a complaint with the police, alleging Rs 5 crore extortion attempt to defame him by circulating objectionable video clips featuring him. The SIT had arrested the woman complainant and three men — Sanjay Singh, Vikram alias Durgesh and Sachin alias Sonu Sengar — in connection with the extortion case. All the four and Chinmayanand are currently lodged in Shahjahanpur jail.
According to SIT, Dharmendra (45) his 28-year-old associate, Ajeet Singh, had got the video clips from the woman complainant who was a student of law in a college run by Chinmayanand. Ajeet, SIT said, is a distant relative of Sanjay Singh.
Both Dharmendra Rathore and Ajeet have been booked under relevant IPC Sections.
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