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Chinmayanand accuser held for extortion

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Published on September 29, 2019 with No Comments

The 23-year-old Shahjahanpur law student, who has accused BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand of rape, was arrested by the special investigation team (SIT) on charges of extortion and later remanded in court custody for 14 days.

The bail application, moved by her counsel Anoop Trivedi, was rejected by the Additional District Judge while her anticipatory bail plea admitted in the court of ADJ Sudhir Kumar will come up for hearing tomorrow.

IG Naveen Arora, who headed the SIT, said the law student was arrested only after “enough” digital and forensic evidence was found and corroborative statements were recorded. According to Arora, the SIT had evidence that 

Rs 5 crore extortion money was demanded from Chinmayanand. Those arrested have admitted that they had sent WhatsApp messages to Chinmayanand on the directions of the law student. Arora said some seized items, including a pen drive and mobile phone, were sent to the forensic lab. The report was received on September 24 after which the law student was interrogated.

The video and audio tapes were shown to her that clearly established that Rs 5 crore was demanded in ransom. It was on the basis of the digital and forensic evidence that she was arrested this morning, Arora said. Association for Advocacy and Legal Initiatives has flayed the arrest.


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