The 23-year-old law student, who had accused BJP leader and former Union minister Swami Chinmayanand of sexually harassing her, was Wednesday morning arrested by the Special Investigation Team for allegedly blackmailing and trying to extort Rs 5 crore from him. Hours later, her bail plea was rejected and she was subsequently sent to 14 days judicial custody.
Her family alleged that the SIT arrived this morning and “forcibly dragged her” out of their home after a brief interrogation. She was later taken for a medical examination and later produced before the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Vineet Kumar.
Chinamayanand, booked under IPC sections 354 D (stalking), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 506 (criminal intimidation), was arrested last week. He has been in hospital since Sunday after two days in prison.
Commenting on the arrest, SIT chief Naveen Arora said, “Student was arrested after enough evidence. Extortion money of Rs 5 crore was demanded from Chinmayanand on the direction of the student,” news agency PTI quoted him.
A local court in Shahjahanpur had admitted the law student’s anticipatory bail petition on Tuesday, and asked the SIT to file its response to the plea. It had fixed the next date of hearing for September 26. Calling her arrest a “contempt of court,” the girl’s brother said, “SIT reached my residence in the morning to question my sister. After talking to her for a few minutes, SIT told us they were arresting her. When my sister objected and denied to go with them, SIT official forcibly dragged her inside their car and took her away.”
After the 23-year-old, who studied in a law college in Shahjahanpur, run by a trust of Chinmayanand, accused the BJP leader of sexual harassment in a video clip, his lawyers filed a case of an extortion threat against unidentified persons. Chinmayanand’s lawyers had alleged that a WhatsApp message demanding Rs 5 crore was received on the mobile phone of the BJP leader. The message, they alleged, threatened to make some video clips viral if the amount was not paid. Police have arrested three youths in this connection.
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