Chinmayanand case: Shahjahanpur woman gives statement to magistrate

SHAHJAHANPUR (UP): The student who levelled rape charges against BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand recorded her statement before a magistrate here on Monday. The special investigation team (SIT) probing the case took her to the court, where her statement was recorded before Judicial Magistrate Geetika Singh, official sources said here. She remained in the court for around four hours and told PTI that the magistrate recorded her statement in 10 to 12 pages.

“I have told the magistrate about the rape complaint I gave in New Delhi, my missing spectacles and a chip from the hostel room. I also informed about the bedding and liquor bottles, which were removed from the Chinmayanand’s room,” she said. Meanwhile, the former Union minister was examined by a team of doctors at his ashram in Shahjahanabad after he complained of uneasiness.

State-run medical college doctor Prof M L Agarwal said that he along with cardiologist KC Verma examined the BJP leader. Chinmayanand, who was suffering from loose stools for the last four days, complained of uneasiness in the evening after which the team of government and private doctors examined him. The BJP leader was administered medicine and his condition was stated to be stable, the doctors attending on him said.

The law student and those supporting her claimed that it was an attempt by Chinmayanand to avoid arrest. A lesser-known organisation, Chhatra Shakti Sangathan, announced a Rs 50 lakh award to anyone who chopped off the tongue of Swami Omji, who on Sunday had equated the woman with a “vish kanya”. Self-styled godman Omji was a contestant in the reality TV Show, Bigg Boss.

Office-bearers of the organisation also burnt an effigy of Omji and made the announcement before the media. Another organisation, Bhartiya Yuva Parishad, burnt an effigy of Chinmayanand and demanded his arrest. His lawyer Om Singh said a team had been formed for keeping an eye on social media and complaint would be lodged against those making indecent comments against the BJP leader.

“Till proven, no one can be termed a rapist,” he said. The Supreme Court-appointed SIT had on Sunday examined three friends of the victim besides some employees of her college. The victim’s friends, who were examined, included the one who was with her when she was traced in Rajasthan after going missing last month. The SIT called them to the Police Lines here and recorded their statements, official sources said.

The SIT had also examined principals of the two colleges where the girl studied. Two other college employees were also quizzed. Video footage given by the woman to the SIT had also allegedly leaked on social media. The girl’s father on Sunday termed it a “conspiracy” and said he would request the court to order a probe into it. “From where have the screenshots and videos appeared on social media? The screenshots have been posted on various social media platforms. These were given to the SIT by my daughter. This is a conspiracy,” he said.

The law student had on Saturday gave a pen drive containing 43 videos to the SIT to support her allegations after the sleuths asked her to submit whatever evidence she had against the former Union minister. The SIT had taken the woman to Chinmayanand’s bedroom on Friday morning and had collected evidence. PTI