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UP's Law Student Who Accused BJP Leader Chinmayanand Of Rape, Arrested For Extortion, Denied Bail
A law student who has accused the BJP's Chinmayanand of rape and is in turn facing an investigation for alleged extortion, was taken away by the police from her home this morning.
UP's Law Student, Who Accused BJP Leader Chinmayanand Of Rape, Arrested
New Delhi: The arrest of Uttar Pradesh's Law Student, who accused the BJP's Chinmayanand of rape has been made in an extortion case filed by the politician just a day before a court is to hear her request for protection from arrest. The family of the girl has alleged that the police arrived this morning and dragged her out of their home "almost by force", without even her slippers.
She was taken to a hospital swarming with policemen for a medical examination and then arrested. Her father says he was forced to sign an arrest "memo", a document necessary for police paperwork.
Her request for bail has been denied by a court.
"She has confessed to extortion," said Bharti Singh, an officer of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the UP police appointed by the Supreme Court to inquire into her allegations.
"We have enough evidence that Rs. 5 crore extortion money was demanded from Chinmayanand," SIT chief Naveen Arora Arora told reporters.
The man she has accused of raping her, 72-year-old Chinmayanand, was arrested on Friday but is currently not in jail. He has been in hospital for apparent heart trouble since Sunday. The BJP says the former union minister of state for home is no longer in the party.
A court had yesterday agreed to hear the student's request for protection from arrest on Thursday. The development followed reports that the police were out to arrest her.
According to the sources, the 23-year-old woman was on her way to the court in UP's Shahjahanpur for the hearing on her petition for pre-arrest bail when a large contingent of the UP police dramatically stopped her car, pulled her out and forced her to sit in their vehicle. She refused to go with the police, saying she had a court hearing.
As chaos erupted and the media arrived, the police finally allowed the woman to go to court.
The 23 year old law student was seen, in the visuals, walking out of the court along with a large number of policemen and a woman officer of the Special Investigation Team that is investigating her allegations that Chinmayanand, a former union minister and a powerful BJP leader, blackmailed her, forced her to give him massages and raped her for a year.
Last week, the arrest of Chinmayanand, came about almost a week after the law student testified in court and close to a month after the allegations first surfaced.
The BJP leader has not been charged with rape but "misusing authority for sexual intercourse" or "sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape", a watered down charge which carries a punishment of five to 10 years in jail and a fine. A rape charge would have meant a seven-year jail term extending to a life term. He has also been charged with stalking, criminal intimidation and wrongful confinement.
The police based their charges against Chinmayanand on videos handed over by the woman, who claims she secretly filmed him using a camera in her spectacles.
A former union minister Chinamayanand was accused by the woman of sexually exploited her after helping her with admission into his college. The student accused the leader of filming her taking a bath and blackmailed her with the video and raped her. The woman says she was often brought to his room at gunpoint and was forced to give Chinmayanand massages.
The student had vanished on August 24, after which the case went public. She had put up a Facebook post without naming Chinmayanand. When the UP police tracked her down after a week, the Supreme Court heard her allegations and ordered an SIT to inquire into them.
"I have been saying from day 1, that the video uploaded by the woman on Facebook, it has connections to extortion against Chinmayanand... I just cannot understand why she has not been arrested yet. She will go to jail, of that I am sure," Om Singh, Chinmayanand's lawyer, told reporters yesterday.
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