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Former BJP leader, Swami Chinmayanand, accused in the rape case involving a law student, was arrested from his Shahjahanpur residence by the Special Investigation Team on Friday, September 20.  He has been sent to 14 days judicial custody by a local court. It came five days after the victim recorded her statement in court. The exact charges of this arrest are awaited.

According to NDTV, the former BJP leader is not being charged with rape but for “misusing authority for sexual intercourse” or “sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape”, according to his lawyer. The police have not confirmed this charge, which carries a punishment of up to five years in jail and a fine.

The BJP leader was arrested by the special investigation team (SIT) of Uttar Pradesh police from his residence Divya Dham amid heavy security deployment, his lawyer Pooja Singh told PTI.

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He was taken for medical examination to a government hospital. He was then taken to the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate where he will be presented. Security has been beefed up in the district hospital. He had been admitted to the Shahjahanpur government hospital after his health deteriorated, the lawyer said.

Singh said the SIT took signatures of Chinmayanand’s relatives on the arrest memo but no arrest-related documents were given to them. As Chinmayanand was taken for a medical check-up, patients at the government hospital had to face a tough time as they were not allowed to enter the premises.

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Teams led by senior police officials have been deployed at the court premises and the hospital. A team of police officials is also patrolling the area to ensure there is no disturbance, a senior official said.

It was only yesterday the victim threatened to set herself on fire if Chinmayanand is not arrested immediately. She said that despite recording her testimony under Section 164 and investigation by the agencies for over 15 days Chinmayanand has not been arrested. Last month, the student released a video clip claiming that Swami Chinmayanand harassed her. After the video went viral, the girl went missing and was found in Rajasthan a week later. Later, she appeared before media and alleged that Chinmayanand raped her for a year.

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