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SIT files chargesheets in two Chinmayanand cases

The chargesheets, totalling nearly 4,700 pages, were filed in a local court in Shahjahanpur.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: November 7, 2019 3:01:52 am
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)

A SPECIAL Investigation Team (SIT) Wednesday filed chargesheets in two cases — one related to the sexual harassment allegations against former union minister Chinmayanand and another pertaining to the extortion demand charges against a law student and five others, including a local BJP leader, Dharmendra Pratap Singh Rathore. The chargesheets, totalling nearly 4,700 pages, were filed in a local court in Shahjahanpur.

In one chargesheet, the SIT has named Rathore and his aide as accused for trying to extort Rs 1.25 crore from Chinmayanand under IPC sections 385 (putting a person in fear of injury to commit extortion), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 201 (disappearance evidence). The female law student and three other accused face the same charges, besides IPC section 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and under the Information Technology Act.

The chargesheet was filed against Chinmayanand under IPC sections 376-C (sexual intercourse by a person in authority), 354-D (stalking), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

“The chargesheets have been filed in both the cases,” confirmed government counsel, Lal Sahab Singh, adding that all five accused were brought to court on Wednesday. Rathore and his aide have not been arrested by the SIT on the grounds that the IPC sections they face are punishable below a jail term of seven years.

According to an officer part of the SIT, the team collected physical, documentary and scientific evidence. It started the investigation on September 6. The spy spectacles allegedly used for filming Chinmayanand are yet to be traced.

The official said they recorded statements of 105 witnesses, collected 24 pieces of “physical evidence” and 44 pieces of documentary evidence. They had sent the video clips purpotedly related to the alleged sexual harassment acts of Chinmayanand and also the extortion conspiracy to the laboratory.

“The laboratory report confirmed the video clips were not tampered with. To verify the audio in the clips, SIT collected voice samples of the accused concerned after obtaining permission from the court. The laboratory also confirmed that the voice samples too matched with those in the video clips,” claimed Inspector-General Naveen Arora, the SIT chief.

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