New Delhi: In a turn of events, the Shahjahanpur law student who had accused former BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand of sexual harassment was on Wednesday morning arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on charges of allegedly trying to extort money from him. The student will be produced before the court later in the day after a medical examination is conducted. Also Read - Law Student Who Accused Chinmayanand of Sexual Harassment Detained For Questioning in Extortion Case
The UP law student has been brought to District Jail after a local court sent her to 14-day judicial custody. The arrest comes after a brief interrogation by the SIT following a counter-complaint filed by the BJP leader accusing the ‘victim’ of blackmail and extorting Rs 5 crore from him. Also Read - No More a 'Swami'? Chinmayanand to be Stripped Off His Sainthood Over Rape Charges
According to reports, the 23-year-old law student was taken away by the police to the Kotwali police station without even letting her wear her slippers. Her father and brother were also present at the time of the arrest. Also Read - Chinmayanand Sexual Harassment Case: 'Accused Has Admitted to Almost Every Allegation, is Ashamed of His Acts,' Says SIT
It must be noted here that the BJP has yet not suspended the accused MLA, Swami Chinmayanand, from the party. As a result, the case is being echoed with the 2017 Unnao rape case in which ex-BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was the key accused.
“The court has sent the girl to 14-day judicial custody. A bail application was moved by her lawyer which was rejected by the court as it was not maintainable. If hearing on the bail application is taken up again, it’ll be done at 1 pm,” said Manendra Singh, lawyer of Swami Chinmayanand.
This comes just a day after the law student was detained and interrogated as per a Supreme Court direction to the SIT in Uttar Pradesh. A local court had agreed to hear the interim bail plea filed by the Uttar Pradesh student, that was supposed to take place on Thursday. On Monday, a division bench of the Allahabad High Court had rejected her anticipatory bail plea.
On September 21, the SIT had booked the woman under Indian Penal Code sections 385 (extortion), 506 (criminal intimidation), 201(disappearance of evidence), 35 (criminal act done with a criminal knowledge or intention) and 67 of the Information Technology Act on charges of causing the disappearance of evidence.
Meanwhile, rape charges on Chinmayanand have stayed and the BJP leader remains out of jail as he was hospitalised after complaining of ill health. Last week, Chinmayanand, who also happens to be the director of management at the law college, was booked under Sections 354 D (stalking), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.
The Uttar Pradesh government, on direction of the Supreme Court, had set up the SIT under Inspector General of Police (Public Grievance) Naveen Arora to look into the rape charges filed by the student. Arora was assisted by Bharti Singh, IPS, commandant of the 41st PAC Battalion, Ghaziabad. Earlier the SIT had handed over the videos and other items to the forensic team, so that it could explain and prove things to the monitoring bench of the High Court on September 23.