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Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019

Chinmayanand case: UP law student hands over video evidence to SIT

On Saturday, the SIT recorded the statement of her mother. Earlier, on Friday, the SIT had asked the former minister not to leave the town without informing them.

india Updated: Sep 15, 2019 00:15 IST
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The law student who has leveled sexual harassment charges against former BJP MP Swami Chinmayanand has submitted a pen drive to the special investigation team (SIT) conducting the probe.
The law student who has leveled sexual harassment charges against former BJP MP Swami Chinmayanand has submitted a pen drive to the special investigation team (SIT) conducting the probe.(PTI)
         

The law student who has leveled sexual harassment charges against former BJP MP Swami Chinmayanand has submitted a pen drive to the special investigation team (SIT) conducting the probe.

An official privy to the matter said, “The woman submitted a pen drive to the SIT that she claimed contains video evidence.” He said the complainant had told the SIT that the former minister had exploited some other girls of her college, he said.

She also alleged that some items, including an almirah, had been removed from the room.

While talking to media in Shahjahanpur, the woman said, “The SIT asked me to identify the room where a video was shot to blackmail me and I have done so. I had a pen drive that was taken away from me earlier. But I have submitted a copy of it.”

However, she did not disclose who took away her pen drive. The SIT, along with a forensic team, took the woman to the ashram and inspected Chinmayanand’s bedroom. The woman reportedly told the SIT that the interior of the room had been changed.

On Saturday, the SIT recorded the statement of her mother. Earlier, on Friday, the SIT had asked the former minister not to leave the town without informing them.

The former union minister has been grilled by the SIT for eight hours at the Shahjahanpur police lines. Chinmayanand’s lawyer Om Singh said, “Swamiji is cooperating with the SIT in the probe. We have full faith in the investigation team. We want the truth to come out. A room in the ashram was sealed, which was opened on Friday evening after the SIT and the forensic team completed their inspection.”

The SIT has also visited the hostel room of the 23-year-old complainant. A day before that she had claimed that evidence supporting her allegations against Chinmayanand were kept in her hostel room. “The room was opened in the presence of the woman and her father,” said a police official.

Meanwhile, the law student’s father, the complainant in the kidnapping case registered against Chinmayanand after she went missing, said it appeared that someone had searched the hostel room before it was sealed. “Some of the items that my daughter had kept there as evidence were missing,” he alleged.

The SIT, headed by inspector general of police Naveen Arora, was formed on September 3 on the directions of the Supreme Court.

The law student had gone missing on August 24, a day after posting a video on the social media in which she had accused “a big leader of the saint society” of threatening her and “destroying the lives of several girls”. Soon after, her father registered his complaint naming Chinmayanand.

On August 27, the former union minister was booked for allegedly kidnapping the woman. Later, she was located in Rajasthan where she said she had escaped as she feared for her life.