Next hearing in Chinmayanand sexual assault case on December 16

Next hearing in Chinmayanand sexual assault case on December 16

A local court in Shahjahanpur on Saturday fixed December 16 as the next date for hearing in the Chinmayanand rape case.

Chinmayanand, who is accused of sexually harassing a law student from a college in Shahjahanpur, was produced before the court amid tight security on Saturday. It was his second appearance in the court after the chargesheet was filed by the Special Investigation Team (SIT).

On November 6, the SIT formed to investigate the Chinmayanand sexual harassment case had submitted chargesheets in two cases -- one against former Union minister Chinmayanand and the other against the woman law student who accused him of rape and sexual harassment, who herself has been accused of extortion by Chinmayanand.

Chinmayanand is currently lodged in the jail following the case lodged against him by the law student under section 376C of the IPC, an offence pertaining to the abuse of one's position by a person in authority to "induce or seduce" a woman under his charge to have "sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape".

The 72-year-old Chinmayanand also faces the charges of stalking under section 354 D, wrongful confinement under section 342 and criminal intimidation under section 506 of the IPC.

The four accused in the extortion case are the woman law student who had charged Chinmayanand with sexual harassment, Sanjay, Vikram and Sachin. All of them are in jail.

The SIT was constituted by the Uttar Pradesh government on the orders of the Supreme Court in September to investigate the charges levelled by the woman, who was then a postgraduate student at a college run by Chinmayanand's trust.