Shahjahanpur rape case: HC refuses to give respite to victim from arrest

Shahjahanpur rape case: HC refuses to give respite to victim from arrest

Prayagraj, Sep 23: Allahabad High Court, monitoring the investigation into the much hyped Shahjahanpur rape case in which former Union minister Swami Chinmayanand is the main accused, on Monday refused to give any respite to the victim woman from her arrest in connection with the FIR lodged against her for blackmailing the accused.
The Special Investigation Team(SIT) probing into the case on the direction of the Supreme Court on Monday submitted its first progress report to the special court comprising Justice Manoj Mishra and Manju Rani Chauhan. The court has fixed October 22 as the next date of hearing to monitor the case.

Meanwhile during the hearing, the victim 23-year-old woman, who was present along with her family members, moved an application seeking anticipatory bail and again recording of her statement under section 164 of the CrPC.

The Court, without intervening into the matter, directed the victim woman to approach the appropriate court for both-- anticipatory bail and re-recording of her statement.

As now the HC has not given any protection to the victim woman, there is an apprehension that she could be arrested in the blackmailing case, in which three of her friends have been arrested, she being the fourth accused.

The SIT team, led by IG Naveen Arora, was present in the court and submitted the progress report along with pen-drive, CD and other evidence in a sealed packet.

The girl had recorded her statement before the Shahjahanpur chief judicial magistrate on last Monday and thereafter Swami Chinmayanand was arrested by the SIT on Friday morning along with 3 youths who had demanded Rs 5 crore as bribe from the former Union minister for exchange of the massage videos.

Meanwhile, jailed former Union minister Swami Chinmayanand was rushed to the state capital on Monday morning for medical treatment.

Sources here said the self-styled godman was rushed from Shahjahanpur jail and admitted in the ICU of the Cardiology ward in SGPGIMS.

Senior cardiologist Dr P K Goyal is treating Chinmayanand and the hospital is likely to issue a health bulletin in the evening after getting all the test reports. (UNI)

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