Chinmayanand Case: SC Orders SIT Probe Into Sexual Harassment Charges

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In a big development in the Chinmayanand Sexual Harassment case, Supreme Court on Monday has ordered UP police to set up an SIT to probe into the charges.

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Updated On:

In a big development in the Chinmayanand Sexual Harassment case, Supreme Court on Monday has ordered UP police to set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe against former Union Minister and BJP leader Chinmayanand. Sources report that the team will probe the sexual harassment charges levelled against Chinmayanand. This development has come after the survivor who had initially levelled the charges has spoken to the Supreme Court in chambers. Sources further report that the survivor has expressed her wish to remain in New Delhi and not return home. The SIT will probe and submit a report of their findings to the apex court, as per sources.

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Earlier on Friday, the Supreme Court told the Uttar Pradesh government to inform when it can produce the survivor who had been missing from her home in UP's Shahjahanpur.  The UP government told the apex court in the Shahjahanpur case that the girl, along with police team, is en route to Shahjahanpur. UP police had found her on Friday near Rajasthan. The girl's father had accused BJP leader Chinmayanand of sexual harassment.

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Police had stated she was located in Rajasthan along with her friend. It also said that necessary legal action is being taken in the Shahjahanpur case. The girl was found on Friday morning and she is fine, state police chief O P Singh told reporters. He added that police teams had been working in this regard since the past few days.

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The survivor who was a student at a college run by Chinmayanand's trust, has been missing since last Saturday. This occurred a day after she posted a video on social media alleging that the former Union minister was harassing and threatening to kill her. She did not name Chinmayanand in the video, but referred to "a senior leader of the sant community". The police had on Wednesday released posters of the missing student, whose father has alleged the role of BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand. The politician, who faced similar accusations in 2011 and was booked for raping a woman who stayed at his ashram, disputed the charge. 

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