A former BJP MP Swami Chinmayanand was booked for kidnapping and criminal intimidation by the Uttar Pradesh police after a 23-year-old law student went missing on Saturday.
The woman posted a video on social media alleging exploitation by powerful people in the management of her college. In the video she did not name anyone, but her father has filed a missing complaint naming Chinmayanand, who is the president of the college management.
The police have, however, not addressed the allegation of sexual harassment made by the woman’s father.
Chinmayanand’s lawyer called the allegations an attempt of extortion.
The former BJP MP was once the central minister for Internal Security.
The woman is a student at the Swami Shukdevanand Post Graduate College in Shahjahanpur, around 200 km from Lucknow. The website names Swami Chinmayanand as the president of the managing committee.
Her father says she lives in a hostel on campus.
The woman in the begged UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for help.
“A big leader of the Sant Samaj who has destroyed the lives of many other girls and also has threatened to kill me… I want to request Yogi ji and Modi ji to help me. He has threatened to kill my family. Only I know how I am living now ….Please help me. The Sanyasi, he keeps the police and the DM (District Magistrate) in his pockets. That’s what he keeps saying. But I have all the evidence against him,” the woman says in the video posted on her Facebook page on August 24 at 4 pm.
She appears to be sitting in a car while recording the video.
In a separate complaint filed by the lawyer of Chinmayanand’s Shahjahanpur Ashram alleged that a WhatsApp message delivered to a mobile number that belongs to Chinmayanand made a Rs. 5 crore extortion demand and threatened to damage the Ashram’s image.
Chinmayanand who was a three time Member of Parliament has a rape case against him in the courts of Shahjahanpur.