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Thursday, Oct 17, 2019

Chinmayanand Case: Arrest to be made only on ground of solid evidence, says SIT

The SIT is yet to arrest Chinmayanand almost two weeks after the woman had accused him of rape. The woman had also lodged a zero FIR in New Delhi.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2019 07:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
File photo of BJP leader Chinmayanand Swami
File photo of BJP leader Chinmayanand Swami (PTI )
         

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigating the Swami Chinmayanand case said on Wednesday an arrest in the case would only be made on ground of ‘solid evidence.’

“The matter is being investigated and any arrest will only be made on the ground of solid evidence,” said Inspector General (IG) of Police Naveen Arora while speaking to media persons in Shahjahanpur on Wednesday. Arora is heading the SIT in the case.

The SIT is yet to arrest Chinmayanand almost two weeks after the woman had accused him of rape. The woman had also lodged a zero FIR (one that can be filed in any police station regardless of the place of incidence or jurisdiction) in New Delhi.

Arora also said the SIT would submit a status report of the case in Allahabad High Court on September 23.

The 12-member SIT team is putting up in Shahajahnpur since September 7. “We are closely looking at various aspects of the case. We seeking help from our forensic and legal experts in the matter,” said Arora.

“We are calling all the people concerned to record their statements. We are trying to collate all the evidence, including documentary ones. We are investigating the matter from every angle to ensure there are no shortcomings on our part.”

The officer expressed his displeasure over the media trial of the case and said that they would move to Press Council of India (PCI). “The SIT is only answerable to the court, not media,” said the officer.

The SIT chief also urged the public to remain patient. “I will request the public to be patient; give us time; have faith in us and not conduct media trial as it might give one side to strengthen their case,” said Arora.

The SIT was formed on the directions of the Supreme Court in the first week of September to investigate the case.

First Published: Sep 19, 2019 07:06 IST

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