Law student who accused Chinmayanand of rape gets bail

NEW DELHI: The law student, who accused BJP leader and former Union Minister Swami Chinmayanand of sexually assaulting her granted bail on Wednesday.

Allahabad High Court hear the bail plea of the 23-year-old law student who was in judicial custody in connection with the extortion case.

She has testified before a local court that she was repeatedly raped and blackmailed by Chinmayanand for over a year, following which he was arrested.

The law student along with her friends Sanjay, Vikram and Sachin were charged under IPC sections 385 (extortion), 506 (criminal intimidation), 201 (disappearance of evidences) and 35 (criminal act done with a criminal knowledge or intention) and section 67 of the Information Technology Act for allegedly extorting Rs 5 crore from Chinmayanand.

Chinmayanand was arrested on September 20 and booked under sections 376C (sexual intercourse by person in authority), 342 (wrongful confinement), 354D (stalking) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC on the basis of the complaint filed by the 23-year-old woman who studied law at a college run by his ashram.

The student was not allowed to take her third semester examination for her Master”s degree by the Rohilkhand University.