Former Union Minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand, who was accused of raping a law student, has been arrested by the UP SIT from his Ashram, as per a report from News 18.
The student is a LLM candidate at Swami Shukdevanand Law, where Chinmayand is the director. The case came into lime light after she leveled allegations of sexual harassment against Chinmayanand by posting a live video on Facebook. She had also claimed that her and her family's lives were at stake as Chinmayand had been threatening to kill them constantly. The SIT in this case was appointed by the Supreme Court earlier this month to investigate into the allegations.
The bench of Justices R. Banumathi and A. S. Bopanna had taken suo moto cognizance of the matter when the girl went missing from her college hostel, three days after the video got viral. Soon after she was traced in Jaipur, the bench directed to transfer the complainant to another college for pursuing her degree and refused to meet her again. The matter was disposed of with a clarification that the proceedings were only to ensure her safety and that her education was not hampered, and she could make further submissions before the SIT.
The SIT is headed by Naveen Arora, Inspector General of Grievances, with Bharti Singh, Commandant of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) Ghaziabad, as a member. However, the team may be expanded if circumstances require, the government had said.
The arrest was effected after the girl gave a pen drive to the SIT to support her allegations. Chinmayand has now been taken for medical examination.
Update : Chinmayanand has been remanded to 14 days judicial custody.