Lucknow, April 10: The Uttar Pradesh government is all set to withdraw rape and abduction charges against a former minister. Minister of State for Home in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government Swami Chinmayanand was booked for rape and abduction following a girl’s complaint in 2011. In her complaint, the girl had alleged that she was kept confined in the Swami’s Haridwar ashram where the latter raped her. Her father lodged an FIR with the Kotwali police station. Then, Chinmayanand moved the high court so his arrest was stayed.

Now, in a note dated March 9, the Shahjahanpur administration has written to the prosecution officer, seeking withdrawal of the case. The note does not give any reasons for the same. “The administration has decided to withdraw the case as per section 321 of the CrPC and the public prosecutor is requested to submit this application before the court,” the letter states, as quoted by The Times of India. Section 321 allows for a government lawyer to withdraw from a case, with the consent of the court, anytime before the judgement is given out.

In her complaint, the girl had alleged that Chinmayanand had also threatened to kill her if she lodged a complaint against him. Chinmayanand has been a three-time BJP MP. He first won on a BJP ticket from Badayun (in 1991), from Machchlishahr (in 1998), and Jaunpur (1999).

The state government’s move couldn’t have come at a worse time for it as has been facing flak for deciding to withdraw 131 cases related to 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots. Yogi Adityanath had announced in the state Assembly the decision to withdraw as many as 20,000 cases which were political in nature.