Allahabad HC grants bail to Swami Chinmayanand in rape case

Allahabad High Court grants bail to Former Union Minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand in the alleged rape case of a law student.

Chinmayanand, whose trust runs the Shahjahanpur law college where the woman studied, was arrested on September 20 under section 376-C of the IPC, a charge short of rape.

On August 28, 2019, former BJP MP Swami Chinmayanand was booked for kidnapping and criminal intimidation after a law student (23 year old), who had accused the leader of sexual harassment in a viral video, went missing.

It is applied when someone in authority takes advantage of his official position and “induces or seduces” a woman to have sex with him.

In a parallel case, the woman was charged with trying to extort money from the BJP leader, whom she had accused of rape.

The high court granted her bail in that case in December.

In a video posted on Facebook on August 23, a 23-year-old law student of a Shahjahanpur college, alleged that she was being exploited by powerful people. In the video, which was widely circulated on social media, the woman urged PM Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath to help her.

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