Chinmayanand Case: Law Student Arrested For Extortion Gets Bail After 2 Months In Jail

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 04 December 2019, 05:10 PM
The law student was in jail for two months before the High Court granted her bail.
The law student was in jail for two months before the High Court granted her bail. (Photo Credit : PTI )

Shahjahanpur law student who had accused Bharatiya Janata Party leader Chinmayanand of rape and was later arrested for allegedly blackmailing him has been granted bail by Allahabad High Court. The law student has been granted bail after being in jail for two months. Meanwhile, Chief Judicial Magistrate Omvir has fixed December 16 as the next date for the hearing of the case related to the former Union minister.

Earlier on Saturday, Chinmayanand - accused of sexually exploiting a student of a law college run by his trust - told a UP court that the case diary provided to him was incomplete, prompting the court to order that a complete diary be made available to him.

His counsel Om Singh said the case diary made available to him by the SIT was incomplete and the court has directed for providing a complete case diary.

The Special Investigation Team probing sexual harassment allegations against Chinmayanand and a related extortion case filed a voluminous charge sheet in a court here on Nov 6 in the two cases.

The former Union minister was arrested on Sept 20 and is in jail after the 23-year-old law student filed a case against him under section 376C of the IPC, an offence pertaining to the abuse of position to “induce or seduce” a woman to have “sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape”.

This is a lesser charge than section 376, under which a rape convict faces a maximum punishment of life imprisonment. The punishment under section 376C is between five and 10 years in jail.

The four accused in the extortion case include the woman law student. All of them are in jail.

The 72-year-old Chinmayanand also faces the charges of stalking under section 354D, wrongful confinement under section 342 and criminal intimidation under section 506 of the IPC.

With PTI Inputs

First Published: Wednesday, December 04, 2019 04:40 PM
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