Court issues bailable warrant against Swami Chinmayanand
The government had earlier sent a letter to the district magistrate for withdrawing the case against Chinmayananda, who was charged with raping his disciple and holding her hostageindia Updated: May 25, 2018 22:50 IST
A local court issued a bailable warrant against former Union minister Swami Chinmayananda, rejecting the Uttar Pradesh government’s plea for withdrawing a rape case against him.
The court was hearing an application moved by the rape victim against the state government’s plea for withdrawing the case. Chief judicial magistrate Shikha Pradhan rejected also issued a bailable warrant of Rs 5,000.
The court also directed the former minister to be present in the court on the next date of hearing on July 12.
The government had earlier sent a letter to the district magistrate for withdrawing the case against Chinmayananda, who was charged with raping his disciple and holding her hostage.
The district administration had sent the letter to the CJM court.
The victim, on the other hand, had sent letters to the court objecting to the government’s move, which the CJM rejected.
When contacted, the victim said the CJM court order proved that the government had made a mistake in making a recommendation in this regard.
“Now the state government should help me in getting justice in this case,” she said.
In 2011, the victim had alleged that she was kept at an ashram and raped by the former minister. When she got pregnant, Chinmayananda allegedly forced her to have an abortion, she alleged.
She lodged an FIR at Kotwali police station here and a charge sheet was filed after police investigation, but the Allahabad high court stayed Chinmayananda’s arrest.
The case had been pending in the high court since 2012.
Chinmayananda was a three-time BJP MP and minister of state for internal security in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 1999.
First Published: May 25, 2018 22:50 IST