The Hush Post| 11:50 am|two-minute-read|
The law student who accused Chinmayanand of rape has been arrested in an extortion case filed by the politician. This happened a day before a court is to hear her request for protection from arrest.
The family of the accuser alleges that the police arrived this morning and dragged her out of their home “almost by force”, without even her slippers.
The 23-year-old woman was on her way to the court in UP’s Shahjahanpur for the hearing on her petition for pre-arrest bail when a huge contingent of the police dramatically stopped her vehicle, pulled her out and forced her to sit in their vehicle. She refused to go with the police, saying she had a court hearing.
According to a report in NDTV, she was taken to a hospital swarming with policemen for a medical examination and then arrested. Her father says he was forced to sign an arrest “memo”, a document necessary for police paperwork.
The man she has accused, 72-year-old Chinmayanand, is not in jail. He has been in hospital since Sunday after two days in prison.
Yesterday, a court had agreed to hear the student’s request for protection from arrest on Thursday.
As chaos erupted and the media arrived, the police finally allowed the woman to go to court.
In visuals, the law student was seen walking out of the court, flanked by a large number of policemen and a woman officer of the Special Investigation Team that is investigating her allegations that Chinmayanand, a former union minister and a powerful BJP leader, blackmailed her, forced her to give him massages and raped her for a year.
“There is no justice. I already told the (police) in details how I was raped and yet he has not been charged with rape. This has played out exactly as I feared. I do not know what the planning is behind Chinmayanand’s arrest. I have nothing to do with the extortion case,” the woman had said reportedly.
Chinmayanand’s arrest last week came about almost a week after the law student testified in court and close to a month after the allegations first surfaced.
The police based their charges against Chinmayanand on videos handed over by the woman, who claims she secretly filmed him using a camera in her spectacles.
The woman alleges that Chinmayanand, a former union minister who runs several ashrams and educational institutions, sexually exploited her after helping her with admission into his college. He allegedly filmed her taking a bath and blackmailed her with the video and raped her. The woman says she was often brought to his room at gunpoint and was forced to give Chinmayanand massages.