Shahjahanpur | Jagran News Desk: The law student from Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur, who accused BJP leader Swami Chinamayanand of rape, was arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Wednesday morning, a day after she was detained for questioning in an extortion case.

She was then produced before the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Vineet Kumar, which sent her to 14 days judicial custody.

“The law student, who had accused Swami Chinmayanand for sexually harassing her, has been arrested by the SIT (Special Investigation Team) for allegedly trying to extort money from him,” said Uttar Pradesh DGP O P Singh. 

Yesterday, a court had admitted the interim bail plea filed by the woman who has accused BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand of rape and herself faces an extortion charge. 

The court has fixed Thursday for hearing her plea, which seeks protection from arrest for allegedly trying to extort money from the former Union minister. 

The 23-year-old woman, however, faced questioning later by the special investigation team (SIT) that was set up by the Uttar Pradesh police under the directions of the Supreme Court.

Chinmayanand's own bail application was Monday rejected by Shahjahanpur chief judicial magistrate, who said it should be moved in the sessions court, according to his counsel Om Singh.

The 72-year-old politician was arrested in Shahjahanpur on Friday and remanded to judicial custody for 14 days.

On Monday, the Allahabad High Court had refused to grant interim bail to the student and directed her to file a fresh petition before an appropriate bench.

The SIT has obtained the remand of Sachin Sengar and Vikram --- two of three men arrested in the extortion case -- for 95 hours, to help trace the mobile phone used in the alleged extortion bid.

The police have also sent the mobile phone of Chinmayanand's counsel Om Singh, on which the message demanding money was allegedly received, for forensic examination, sources said.

Chinmayanand, sent to judicial custody after his arrest, was booked under section 376C of the IPC, which is usually applied in cases where a person abuses his position to "induce or seduce" a woman under his charge 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.

He was also booked under sections 354 D (stalking), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

The woman had claimed that the police were trying to weaken the case against the ruling party politician.

The High Court on Monday expressed satisfaction with the progress report submitted by the special investigation team probing the case. The student has alleged she was raped and physically exploited for over a year.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta