The Leaflet

| @theleaflet_in | September 25,2019

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]HE 23-year-old law student from Shahjahanpur, who had accused former Union Minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanad of rape, has been sent to judicial custody for 14-days in an extortion case.

She was arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on the charges of extortion and blackmailing on Wednesday morning and was later produced before the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Vineet Kumar who allowed her remand plea filed by SIT.

The family of the girl alleged that the SIT personnel “forcibly dragged her” out of their home.

The girl was arrested two days after a two-judge bench of Justices Manoj Mishra and Manju Rani Chauhan of the Allahabad High Court denied anticipatory bail to the student.

The bench, which is also monitoring the probe against Swami Chinmayanad, however, asked her to approach the appropriate court, following which, her lawyer approached the Additional District and Sessions Court. The local court has now listed the case for hearing on Thursday and has summoned all records related to the case.

Chinmayanand, who was booked under 354 D (stalking), 342 (wrongful), and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code, was arrested on September 20 and sent to 14 days’ judicial custody.

On Monday, he filed a bail application before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, however, the same was denied by the court.

He has been admitted in hospital after spending two nights in jail.

The Supreme Court on September 2 had directed the Chief Secretary Uttar Pradesh to constitute an SIT headed by a police officer in the rank of the Inspector General of Police, who should be assisted by the Superintendent of Police and a team of police officers during the probe.

Following the apex court direction, the Chief Justice of the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad to constituted a Bench comprising Justices Manoj Mishra and Manju Rani Chauhan to monitor the investigations.

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