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Bail plea rejected; Chinmayanand taken back to Jail

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As the rape-accused Chinmayanand's bail plea was denied earlier on Monday, he was taken back to Shahjahanpur jail in the midnight.

The former minister was admitted in a hospital in Lucknow just three days after his arrest on September 20, with complaints of high blood pressure and chest pain. Later, he said he was suffering severe weakness and urinary problems. The doctors had said he would be put under observation. On Monday, after he spent 8 days in the cardiology ward of Lucknow's SGPGI hospital, the doctors said his condition was normal.

Meanwhile, Chinmayanad’s counsel approached court with a bail plea. But the court which considered the bail plea on Monday rejected it.

Chinmayanand has been accused of rape and year-long sexual exploitation by a 23-year-old law student. The woman - a student at a law college he runs -- said he had filmed her in the bath and started using the video to exploit her.

The 73-year-old former Union Minister has been charged under a law that deals with rape but a sub-section has been applied in his case, which deals with "misusing authority for sexual intercourse".

The woman too was arrested after Chinmayanand's aides accused her of extorting Rs. 5 crore from him. She is also currently in jail. Meanwhile UP Congress leaders took up the case and visited the law student at jail as part of intensifying their agitation against Chinmayanand. By tightening the legal action against Chinmayanand, UP government under the leadership of Yogi Adityananth is said to try to weaken the agitation against Chinmayanand planned by Congress.

The swift move of sending Chinmayanand into jail was allegedly part of a big move by Yogi government to foil further agitation planned by Congress. Earler, the Congress planned a rally in solidarity with the law student but was stopped by the state police. Denying the 180 KM ‘Padyatra’ by Congress, UP police have taken into custody as many as 80 of its leaders and workers, including senior leader Jitin Prasada. Leader Priyanka Gandhi has alleged that the entire administration has been "protecting" Chinmayanand, who was a minister in Vajpayee's government.

The woman's appeal for bail was also denied by the same court on Monday. The case made headlines after the woman went missing on August 24 after posting her allegations on Facebook without naming Chinmayanand. When the UP police tracked her at Rajasthan after a week, the Supreme Court heard her allegations and ordered an inquiry by a Special Investigation Team.

But the politician, who runs several ashrams and educational institutions, was arrested belatedly by Yogi Government.