Lucknow : Former Union Minister Swami Chinmayanand has been arrested on charges of rape and sexual exploitation after a UP Law student pressed charges against the leader and then after went into hiding fearing for her life.
The Special Investigation Team probing charges of rape against Chinmayanand arrested the former union minister from his ashram today at 8:50 am. While the police have not revealed on what charges they have booked Mr. Chinmayanand, his lawyer hinted it could be under Section 376C of the Indian Penal Code. The section pertains to sexual intercourse by a person in authority.
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The law student while interacting with the media accused the former MP of raping her and sexually exploiting her for over a year. The victim also recorded her statement before a local court.
Chinmayanand’s counsel Ms Puja Singh though alleged the police did not follow proper legal formalities before booking Mr. Chinmayanand under Section 376C and arresting him. The SIT took Mr. Chinmayanand to the district hospital for a medical check-up.