Shahjahanpur Law Student Denied Anticipatory Bail for Extortion and Blackmail Charges

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Sept. 23/2019 – The Shahjahanpur law student, who accused Swami Chinmayanand of sexual misconduct, was denied anticipatory bail in the extortion case. However, the Division Bench of the Allahabad High Court permitted the petitioner to seek anticipatory bail in a regular court if she wants. 

The court also rejected her plea to record her statement again before a magistrate. She made a complaint that an unknown lady was present at the time of the recording her statement and she was asked to sign on the last page of the document only. 

The bench also turned down the request of the UP government for in-camera proceedings in the case. It fixed October 22 as the next hearing date. 

According to SIT chief Naveen Arora, when three men were questioned regarding a video clip wherein they were discussing extortion, had confessed their involvement in the matter. They all were arrested and booked under the Indian Penal Code sections 385 (extortion), 506 (criminal intimidation), 201 (disappearance of evidences), 35 (criminal act done with a criminal knowledge or intention) and 67 of the Information Technology Act. 

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