A special investigative team (SIT) of Uttar Pradesh police on Friday (September 20) produced former BJP MP Swami Chinmayanand, who has been accused of raping a law student, in court after arresting him from his residence Divya Dham in Shahjahanpur. The court sent him to judicial custody for 14 days. The arrest comes five days after the victim testified against the 72-year-old before a court amidst tight security.
Sources said Chinmayanand has been taken for medical examination to Shahjahanpur district hospital for medical examination and will be produced before the court later in the day.
The former BJP MP was hospitalised on Thursday (September 19) after he complained of uneasiness and weakness.
The 23-year-old woman, in her statement before the chief judicial magistrate, said that Chinmayanand sexually exploited her for a year after helping her get admission into the law college that he runs. She also alleged him of filming her while she was taking a bath and raping her after blackmailing her to leak the video.
The student had earlier threatened self-immolation if the police did not arrest him.
The case came to light after the woman went missing soon after posting a Facebook post in this regard. She was later traced by Uttar Pradesh police and found in Rajasthan.
UP police had registered a case of criminal intimidation and abduction against Chinmayanand on a complaint filed by the woman’s father. He also handed over 43 video clips to SIT and demanded that Section 376, along with the provisions for destroying evidence, be evoked against the former MP.
He alleged that some of the evidences were removed from the hostel room of his daughter at the BJP leader’s order.
The Yogi Adityanath government has been facing intense backlash from Opposition parties over the case. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi had also slammed the BJP government saying they were repeating the “negligence” shown and “protection” given to the accused in the Unnao rape case.
“The consequences of the BJP government and police’s negligence and protection to the accused in the Unnao rape case are in front of everyone,” Priyanka Gandhi had tweeted.