Former Union minister booked on rape charges

A sadhvi has lodged an FIR against BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand accusing him of raping and attempting to murder her.

Last Updated: Dec 01, 2011, 18:35 PM IST

Bareilly: A sadhvi has lodged an FIR
against BJP leader and former Union minister Swami
Chinmayanand accusing him of raping and attempting to murder
her, a charge dismissed by him as "politically motivated".

The sadhvi, former manager of Swami`s Mumukshu ashram in
neighbouring Shahjahanpur district, had sent a complaint in
this regard to the Superintendent of Police a couple of days
ago, police said.

She appeared in person at the SP`s office, Shahjahanpur,
yesterday following which the FIR was registered by Kotwali
police.

According to the complaint, the sadhvi had been living at
the house of Chinmayanand, a former MP from Jaunpur, in Delhi
since 2001 for gaining political and spiritual knowledge.

She alleged that in 2005, Chinmayanand`s guards on his
directives brought her to the ashram where she was physically
abused after being drugged.

The act was also video-graphed which he used to blackmail
her, according to the complaint.

Meanwhile, Chinmayanand, who was the Union Minister of
State for Home in the NDA regime, has termed the charges as
"unfounded" and "politically motivated".

PTI