Former Union Minister arrested on charge of raping law student


New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former union minister Chinmayanand, accused of rape by a law student has been arrested. He was arrested around 9 AM by the Uttar Pradesh Special Investigation Team (SIT) that is probing the case from his from his ashram in Saharanpur, his lawyer says

An official said that he was taken for medical examination at Shahjahanpur district hospital. The BJP leader will now be presented before the court later in the day.

The development comes days after the law student, who had alleged a year of sexual assault and blackmail recorded her statement in front of the magistrate five days ago. The woman, who is a postgraduate student at one of the ashram's colleges, has alleged that she was raped and “physically exploited” for a year by the former Union minister.

Chinmayanand, 73, was hospitalized yesterday after he complained of "uneasiness". The politician, who runs several ashrams and educational institutions, wasn't charged with rape even a month after the woman filed a police complaint.

The student had earlier threatened self-immolation if the police do not arrest him. Inspector General Naveen Arora, who heads the team, 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.

Sources alleged attempts by the Chinmayanad to hush up the case by appointing her mother as a teacher at a college run by his Mumukshu ashram in May. The college principal has handed over the related documents to the special investigation team (SIT) probing the case, they said.

Police had earlier registered a case of criminal intimidation and abduction against Chinmayanand on a complaint lodged by the woman's father. Later, the student also accused him of rape and "physical exploitation".

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