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SIT interrogates Chinmayanand in Shahjahanpur rape case
Uttar Pradesh

SIT interrogates Chinmayanand in Shahjahanpur rape case

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Shahjahanpur, Sep 10: A day after the Shahjahanpur law student made stringent charges against the district authorities and repeated her allegations on BJP leader and former Union Minister Swami Chinmayand of raping her, the Special Investigation Team probing into the charges on the directive of the Supreme Court, on Tuesday interrogated the BJP leader and searched the hostel room of the girl.

The SIT, led by IG Naveen Arora, went to the ashram of Swami Chinmayand and first interrogated the monk and thereafter, collected other evidence from there. The interrogation of the BJP leader went on for a couple of hours, which was also video recorded.

The team also took away the recording of the CCTV installed in the ashram and later visited the hostel room of the girl at the law college in the city.

The girl, during her media disclosure on Monday, had said that the evidence against the BJP leader was there in her hostel room.

She had lodged rape, kidnapping and threatening cases against Swami Chinmayand, while in a counter, the BJP leader had filed a case related to demand of Rs five crore as ransom from him.

On Monday, the law student, who alleged to be sexually exploited by Swami Chinmiyanand, opened her mouth before the media, claiming that she would not get justice from the UP government and demanded suspension of the local District Magistrate, accusing him of threatening her to keep her mouth shut in the matter.

The girl and her family members appeared before the media and claimed that the local police was not registering a rape FIR against the Swami. Hence, the FIR was registered with the Karkarduma police station in New Delhi and now, transferred for investigation to the SIT.

She had reiterated to be having enough evidence of her sexual exploitation into the hands of Swami in the last one year and claimed that she will only produce them before a court of law, to prove her charges.

She further charged the local administration of helping the Swami, alleging that Shahjahanpur DM Indira Vikram Singh, had threatened her to shut her mouth. Fearing for her life, she first took shelter in New Delhi and later shifted to Rajasthan, to save herself.

The victim's father also vowed that he will fight till the real face of Swami is exposed before everyone.

The SIT was formed on last Tuesday, a day after the Supreme Court directed the state government to investigate the woman's allegations.

A student at a college run by Chinmayanand's trust, the woman had been missing since August 24, a day after she posted a video on social media, accusing the senior leader of harassing and threatening to kill her.

Her father had filed a complaint with the police, accusing the 72-year-old of sexually harassing her, a charge refuted by the former Union minister, who claimed it to be a "conspiracy," to blackmail him.

The top court had taken suo motu cognisance and said the woman was found in Rajasthan. (UNI)