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Accuser in Chinmayanand case arrested for extortion

A video other than the one showing a massage session had the accuser with three men inside a car planning to extort money from Chinmayanand

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As reported serially by Sirf News in the case involving former BJP leader Chinmayanand that the accuser in the case was herself not clean, the SIT formed to probe into the affair today arrested the LLM student of SSM College who accused the former Union Minister of State of sexual exploitation and rape.

After the arrest, the SIT took him to Chowk Kotwali. From there, she was taken to the district hospital for a routine medical check-up, after which the SIT took the student to the court. The accuser was presented in the ACJM court as the CJM was on leave.

The court ordered the accuser of the Chinmayanand case to be sent to jail for 14 days of judicial custody. The student was then despatched to jail under tight security.

The SIT has filed against the law college student, along with three of her accomplices, the charge of seeking to extort a sum of Rs 5 crore from Chinmayanand. The SIT had earlier sent the three other youths to jail following the due process of law.

The court accepted, however, the woman’s anticipatory bail application. The matter is to be heard next on 26 September. While appearing in the court on Tuesday before the bail application, the SIT kept the girl under their strict supervision the whole time.

The court later turned the bail application down.

The accuser had alleged that Chinmayanand had been exploiting her for a year. The story in her defence, or rather her confession, in the case of extortion goes like this: She met with Sanjay, an alumnus of his college. On telling him the whole story, he advised her to make a video to teach Chinmayanand a lesson. In January this year, videos of Chinmayanand were made. The narrative of the case of sexual harassment developed after the video went viral on social media. At the same time surfaced another video showing the accuser along with three men inside a car planning to extort Rs 5 crore from Chinmayanand.

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A petition was filed in the High Court on Monday on the arrest of the student, but the High Court refused to hear the case. It asked the petitioner to appeal in the appropriate court.

Late on Monday night, the girl returned home from Prayagraj with her father. On Tuesday, at around 11 AM, Anoop Trivedi and Anit Trivedi, the students’ advocates, filed the bail application at the district judge’s court. In his absence of the district judge, the application was presented in the court of Additional District Judge I Sudhir Kumar.

The student’s advocates demanded the case diary and other evidence from the SIT in this case. Lawyers from both the sides argued for about half an hour.

ADJ Sudhir Kumar fixed 26 September as the next date of hearing in the case. He further ordered the SIT to present the relevant evidence in the court.

The SIT has taken a 95-hour remand of the accomplices of the student on Tuesday on charges of demanding extortion of Rs 5 crore from Chinmayanand. Both have been taken to Dausa, Rajasthan. The mobile phone and shirt of the third accused Sanjay Singh are to be recovered from there.

The SIT reached jail at around 10:30 AM on Tuesday morning whereupon the jail superintendent was shown the order of remand from the court. Thereafter, the formalities were completed, and Vikram Singh alias Durgesh and Sachin Sanger reached the SIT district hospital. The medical reports of both were taken there. Then the team left for Dausa with both.

The SIT has not yet been able to lay its hands on the red shirt and mobile phone of the third accused in the case, Sanjay Singh. These items are important evidence in the investigation.

During the interrogation, the SIT told the court a statement made by another accomplice Vikram Singh. Vikram had told the officers that Sanjay’s mobile phone and shirt had been dumped in a roadside bush near the Maheva bypass on Mehandipur to Dausa road. The SIT has taken both Sanjay and Vikram on remand to get the pieces of evidence.

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