When a politician is involved in a case, it becomes obvious that the case will have many dramatic twists and turns on every step forward. A similar trend is seen in the 23 year old Shahjahanpur’s (Uttar Pradesh) law student’s case who alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and the former Union Minister Swami Chinmayanand had raped her. She was sent to a 14 day judicial custody by a local court after she was arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in an extortion case on September 25, Wednesday.
The law student was arrested at 9:15 am from her home by the SIT on Wednesday. According to reports, roads leading to her house were blocked from both the sides before the policemen entered her residence to arrest her. Later, she was taken for a medical examination, after which she was produced before the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Vineet Kumar, who, reportedly, sent her to 14 days of judicial custody.
The lawyers of the victim, on the other hand, had claimed that the SIT, which was probing the matter, had assured the court on September 24, Tuesday that the girl would not be arrested until the court pronounced it’s verdict on the application. The prosecution lawyers said that no interim protection had been granted to the victim by the court.
On September 21, the SIT had booked the girl and three of her friends for extortion and removing the evidence. And on September 23, Allahabad High Court refused to put a stay on the possible arrest of the law student. The court had, then, asked her to approach an appropriate court after which the student’s lawyer approached the additional district and sessions court which accepted the plea and fixed September 26, Thursday for the hearing.
The SIT had also taken two other accused — Sachin and Vikram — on remand, on September 24, for further investigation in the case. Meanwhile, the family members of the victim alleged that the SIT sleuths raided their residence on Wednesday morning and virtually ”dragged” her to their vehicle. They also claimed that the arrest, a day before the hearing on her pre-bail arrest application, proved that the SIT wanted to pressurise the victim to withdraw her complaint against Chinmayanand.
According to the sources in Shahjahanpur, the SIT had tried to arrest the victim on Tuesday also but could not do so due to the presence of her lawyers and admission of her application seeking pre-arrest bail before the court. Reports also suggest that the SIT, which had earlier said that it wanted to question the victim, did not seek her remand in the court on Wednesday. The name of the victim was included in the FIR registered against three of her friends on the basis of a complaint by Chinmayanand accusing them of trying to blackmail him by threatening to make his (seer) ”sex videos” public. The three ”friends” of the victim were already in police custody.
Chinmayanand was, however, arrested by the SIT a few days ago for ”sexually exploiting” the victim, who was a student of law at a college of which he was the director. The SIT claimed that it was in possession of a video purportedly containing conversation between the victim and her friends about the plan to extort money from the seer.
“We have enough evidences that Rs. 5 crore extortion money was demanded from Chinmayanand. Those arrested said that they sent messages to Chinmayanand on directions of the girl in panic as they were not getting money and were upset,” SIT Chief Naveen Arora told reporters.
He further said that a number of evidence “including pen drive and mobile”, have been sent for forensic examination. “The mobile location and calls made by the student and others were also verified and a chart was made which showed that the four (law student and three already arrested) were together and in touch,” he added.
SIT chief Naveen Arora also said that the three friends of the girl, who were taken into custody, had accepted their involvement in the extortion case filed against them, nevertheless, the law student had denied the charges.
“I do not know if the people who helped me escape from Chinmayanand were using me. I have nothing to do with the extortion case. I think all this drama is being done to dilute my charges of rape,” the law student had said. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh court had on Tuesday rejected the bail application of BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand, who was arrested in a sexual-assault case. He had during the interrogation confessed to having called the law student for “massages” while saying that he was ashamed of his act. The Shahjahanpur chief judicial magistrate said that the bail application should be moved in the sessions court.
On Monday, he was admitted at Lucknow’s Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, complaining of chest pain, and remains there under observation.