New Delhi: SC negates HC order granting Chinmayanand access to copy of law student’s statement in rape case.
The Supreme Court on Thursday negated the Allahabad High Court order which grated permission for BJP leader Chinmayanand who was accused of raping a law student in Shahjahanpur, to have access of a certified copy of the victim’s statement.
A bench of the apex court headed by Justice UU Lalit, held that Chinamayanand can’t get access to the complaint’s statement to the magistrate under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) during the investigation.
The Apex court’s order came on a plea of the law student in which she had challenged the Allahabad High Court order dated November 7th 2019, which held that Chinmayanand was entitled to have access of the certified copy of the statement of the victim recorded under Section 164 CrPc.
The top court had earlier granted an interim stay on the order of the High Court.
The Allahabad High Court had on December 6th granted bail to the law student, who along with three others, was charged for trying to extort an amount of Rs. 5 crores from former Union Minister Swami Chinmayanand.
The matter had come to light when a law student in Shahjahanpur levelled rape allegations on Chinmayanand following which the latter filed a case of extortion case. Chinmayanand, who is accused in the rape case, is still lodged in jail.