Chinmayanand case: Law student's father claims to have evidence against BJP leader

After Unnao, student posts harassment video, former BJP minister booked in UP
BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand

Lucknow: Days after the missing law student who accused former Union minister Chinmayanand of sexual harassment, was found from Rajasthan, her father claimed to have enough evidence to lock the BJP leader.

My daughter has kept all evidence against the BJP leader in safe custody in different locations and it will be handed over to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) once investigation begins, he said.

The Supreme Court has ordered an SIT probe into the allegations of sexual harassment and kidnapping made against the Chinmayanand. The Uttar Pradesh government, on Tuesday evening, set up the SIT under Inspector General of Police (Public Grievance) Naveen Arora. He will be assisted by Bharti Singh, IPS, commandant of the 41st PAC Battalion, Ghaziabad.

Arora will have freedom to select other officials in his team to probe the allegations levelled against Chinmayanand by the law student, along with FIRs registered in Shahjahanpur in this matter.

Meanwhile, Chinmayanand's lawyer Om Singh said his client was innocent and was being framed. "The allegations will not hold water in court," he said.

'Have full faith in the judiciary'

Meanwhile, Swami Chinmayanand on Wednesday expressed full faith in the judiciary, a day after the UP government constituted a Special Investigation Team.

Appearing before the media for the first time after an FIR was lodged against him by a female law student here, he said, "The matter is in the Supreme Court. An SIT has been constituted."

"I have full faith in the judiciary and I will say whatever I have to say before the SIT," he said.

At the press conference, Chinmayanand also asked electronic media reporters to switch off their cameras

"I will not talk to the electronic media. What will you do?," he said.

The UP Police had visited Haridwar to trace the BJP leader after he was booked by the Shahjahanpur police when the student went missing following her allegation in a video clip that he had been harassing her.

Girl to stay in Delhi

On the directions of the Supreme Court, the law student will stay in Delhi till September 12, while her parents are expected to return to Shahjahanpur under security of Delhi Police, after appearing in the apex court on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, instructions have been issued to Divisional Commissioner (Bareilly) and Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Jyotibha Phule Ruhelkhand University, Bareilly, to admit the law student and her brother at Mahatma Jyotibha Phule Ruhelkhand University, Bareilly or any affiliated college.

Directions have also been issued to the Superintendent of Police, Shahjahanpur to provide adequate security to the law student, her parents and other members of her family, it said.

The 23-year-old law student had posted a video on Facebook on August 24 in which she alleged that the former Union minister had sexually exploited many girls, including her, and that she possessed proof of her allegations, after which she went missing.

Her father then filed an FIR against Chinmayanand under IPC Sections 364 (abduction) and 506 (criminal intimidation). The law student was traced to Rajasthan's Dausa district on August 30.

On the orders of the Supreme Court, a UP Police team accompanied her from a hotel near Mehndipur Balaji temple in Dausa and produced her in the Supreme Court the same day.

(With inputs from IANS and PTI)

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