HC grants bail to law student in Chinmayanand case

 thehindu.com  12/04/2019 17:32:38 

The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday granted bail to the law student from Shahjahanpur who had accused BJP leader and former Union Minister Swami Chinmayanand of sexual exploitation and rape.

The law student was arrested on September 25 by a Special Investigation Team of the Uttar Pradesh police on charges of trying to extort 5 crore from Chinmayanand as alleged by him. She has been lodged in a jail since then.

While arresting her along with her three male friends, Sanjay Singh, Sachin Sengar and Vikram alias Durgesh, the SIT had concluded that the four planned the extortion against Chinmayanand and sent him messages demanding 5 crore.

A Bench of Justice Saumitra Dayal Singh passed the order granting bail to the student in an open court, said Swetashwa Agarwal, her lawyer.

Fit for bail

The court observed that the chargesheet has already been submitted and the victim is already in jail for the last two and a half months. All this weighed upon the court, which thought it fit to grant bail, Mr. Agarwal told The Hindu.

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