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Chinmayanand held for sexual assault on law student, police say he has owned up

Former Union minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand, accused of sexually assaulting a 23-year-old law student at his ashram, was arrested Friday, four days after the woman recorded her statement before a magistrate in Shahjahanpur. Police have not booked him on the charge of rape, and invoked instead sexual intercourse by a person in authority, stalking and wrongful confinement. Chinmayanand was produced before a local court, which sent him to 14 days judicial custody. The arrest comes days before an Uttar Pradesh Police special investigation team (SIT) was to submit a progress report to the Allahabad High Court, which is monitoring the case, on September 23. According to SIT chief Naveen Arora, Chinmayanand, during questioning, said: The agency did not seek Chinmayanand Chinmayanand was sent to the Shahjahanpur district jail. He has been booked under IPC Section 376-C (Sexual intercourse by a person in authority), 354-D (stalking), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 506 (criminal intimidation), said Singh. The SIT also arrested three others, Sanjay Singh, Vikram alias Durgesh and Sachin alias Sonu Sengar, for allegedly trying to extort `5 crore from Chinmayanand by sending him threatening messages. The SIT will also probe the role of the law student in the extortion case. After the arrests, the woman the SIT is probing the role of my sister in a false case of extortion. The extortion case was lodged to weaken our case. The clips were provided to the SIT on pen drives. The purported clips show Chinmayanand getting a massage from the woman and allegedly making objectionable remarks about her. When he was shown the video clips of him getting a body massage, Chinmayanand confessed it was a video of him. He also admitted to using objectionable words while talking to the woman, Asked whether Chinmayanand admitted to the allegation of rape, Arora said, He returned to his ashram from hospital Thursday evening. The SIT claimed that before arresting him, they consulted doctors, who told police that Chinmayanand Chinmayanand We will move court against his arrest. The FSL has been asked to retrieve the deleted data. The SIT is also preparing a report to the government on the law student