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Chinmayanand case: SIT files 4700-page chargesheet in sexual assault, extortion case

On Tuesday, the SIT 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.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: November 6, 2019 5:06:07 pm
On Tuesday, the SIT 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. Chinmayanand being taken into custody. (File Photo)

The Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is investigating the sexual harassment charge against former BJP minister Chinmayanand, and the extortion case against the complainant, on Wednesday filed a 4,700-page charge sheet in the two cases.

“The SIT has filed a 4,700-page charge sheet and case diary in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Omveer Singh,” Chinmayanand’s lawyer Om Singh told PTI. “We will study the charge sheet and the mobile call detail record,” the lawyer said.

During the probe, the SIT recorded statements of 105 people and collected 24 physical and 55 documentary evidence. The contents of the charge sheet were not immediately available as the probe team has to file a final report in form of an affidavit in a sealed cover in the Allahabad High Court on November 28.

On Tuesday, the SIT 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.

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 then 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.

Based on a complaint filed by the student who studied in a law college run by a Trust led by Chinmayanand, the former Union minister was booked under IPC sections 376-C (sexual intercourse by a person in authority), 354-D (stalking), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 506 (criminal intimidation). Though the student had accused the former minister of raping her, he was not booked for rape.

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