Rape accused Chinmayanand ‘ashamed’ of his acts, accepts ‘all evidence’: Police

Kashmir Times. Dated: 9/20/2019 11:30:09 PM

NEW DELHI, Sep 20 (Agencies): After he was arrested on Friday, BJP leader and former Union Minister Swami Chinmayanand has accepted “all evidence” against him and said “he is ashamed of it”, police said.
Chinmayanand was arrested by Uttar Pradesh police. He was charged with an offence of not amounting to rape, stalking and criminal intimidation.
While Chinmayanand accepted "all evidence" that have come up against him, the three friends of the woman – Sanjay Singh, Vikram, Sachin – have also accepted demanding the money from Chinmayanand, ANI news agency quoted Special Investigation Team head Naveen Arora as saying.
The SIT arrested the trio on charges of trying to extort Rs 5 crore from Chinmayanand, criminal intimidation, causing the disappearance of evidence and sending offensive messages to him.
Chinmayanand, who was the minister of state for home in the Vajpayee government and ran a college in Shahjahanpur where the girl was a student, was produced before a local court which remanded him to 14-days judicial custody.
A medical examination was done before he was produced in the court, Arora said.
"Swami Chinmayanand has admitted to almost every allegation leveled against him, including sexual conversations and a body massage (said to have been given by the girl, a clipping of which had gone viral). Circumstantial evidence was also being examined. He said he doesn't want to say anything more as he's ashamed of his acts," the SIT chief was quoted as saying.
Chinmayanan has been charged under Section 376 (c) (a person in the position of fiduciary seducing a woman for sexual intercourse not amounting to rape), 354 (d) (stalking), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
Giving details of the case, Arora said that Chinmayanand accepted receiving massage from the girl after a video of him receiving it was shown to him. He said that both Chinmayanand and the girl talked over the phone 200 times last year.
The law student has been alleging that she was repeatedly raped by the BJP leader for over a year. She said that the accused recorded the incident on the camera and used it to blackmail her.
The BJP leader was arrested by the special investigation team (SIT) of Uttar Pradesh police from his residence 'Divya Dham' here around 8.50 am amid heavy security deployment, his lawyer Pooja Singh told PTI.
Singh said the SIT took signatures of Chinmayanand's relatives on the arrest memo but no arrest-related documents were given to them.
As Chinmayanand was taken for a medical check-up, patients at the government hospital had to face a tough time as they were not allowed to enter the premises.
Teams led by senior police officials have been deployed at the court premises and the hospital. A team of police officials is also patrolling the area to ensure there is no disturbance, a senior official said.
The case is being investigated by the SIT set up by Uttar Pradesh police on the directions of the Supreme Court.
The student had earlier threatened self-immolation if the police do not arrest him.
Inspector General Naveen Arora said a mobile phone and a pen drive given by the student have been sent for forensic examination.
The pen drive contains 43 video clips which the student says support her allegations.
The SIT has also examined the principals of the two colleges where the woman studied in recent years.

 

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