Congress Leaders Detained Ahead Of March In UP Against BJP’s Chinmayanand


The 23-year-old law student in Shahjahanpur was arrested by the police last week in a case of extortion filed by Chinmayanand’s aides.

SHAHJAHANPUR: Congress leaders were today refused permission to take out a march in support of the jailed law student who has accused the BJP’s Chinmayanand of rape.The Congress leaders wanted to march from the town of Shahjahanpur to Lucknow in solidarity with the student.
Party leader Jitin Prasada has been put under house arrest and three others have been detained. The police have also blocked the borders of Shahjahanpur district.

The 23-year-old student was arrested by the police last week in a case of extortion filed by Chinmayanand’s aides. The law student has spent the last four days in prison.

The woman says the police refused to register her rape complaint last month, after which she filed a case in Delhi. Chinmayanand has been charged under a watered down sub-section of the rape law on “misusing authority for sexual intercourse”. On the other hand, the woman has been charged with trying to extort Rs. 5 crore from Chinmayanand. The SIT said she had “confessed”.

The student was produced before a court, which sent her to 14-day judicial custody.

Chinmayanand, who was arrested earlier this month on charges that he misused his authority and induced the student to have sex with him, continues to be in a hospital. He was taken to the ICU at Lucknow’s Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences last Monday, just three days after his arrest.

A court in Shahjahanpur will today hear the bail requests of Chinmayanand as well as the student.

A Congress delegation met the parents of the jailed student on Sunday.The girl who alleged rape and was arrested should be released. The government is standing in support of Chinmayanand. The rape case should be heard in a fast track court,” Congress leader Ajay Kumar Lallu, who is among those who have been detained today, had told news agency ANI.


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