The Shahjahanpur district and sessions court has allowed the jailed law student who named former Union Minister Chinmayanand in a sexual harassment case to go to the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Rohilkhand University, Bareilly to take admission in the LLM course there on Friday.
Based on the directions of the Supreme Court, the chief judicial magistrate, on Thursday, accepted the application of the law student’s father and ordered the jail superintendent to take her to the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Rohilkhand University (MJPRU).
Earlier, in September the top court had directed the government to admit the woman and her brother, who were Law students at SS Law College, Shahjahanpur, run by Chinmayanand.
The woman’s father said, “When we met the district magistrate on Wednesday, we were assured all necessary assistance. Later in the day, we were told that we will have to seek permission from the court.
“Most of the lawyers refused to file my application due to Chinmayanand’s pressure. We are all aware that most of the lawyers practicing in Shahjahanpur have graduated from Chinmayanand’s college only. Later, a lawyer Kalvinder Singh agreed to file my petition.”
The student’s lawyer Kalvinder Singh said: “The Supreme Court had, on September 2, directed the additional solicitor general to ensure that the woman and her younger brother get admission to a different law college in Bareilly.
“Since the law student was lodged in the district jail, it was the responsibility of district administration to ensure that she was produced in Bareilly for admission. The application that I had filed should have been filed by a government counsel.”
Shahjahanpur District Magistrate Indra Vikram Singh said: “The responsibility of her admission lies with the family. They are supposed to approach the court for seeking permission to send her to Bareilly as her admission is their personal issue.”
However, the district court rejected the bail plea of Sanjay, one of the co-accused in the extortion case.
The 23-year-old law student who is accused of extortion of Rs 5 crore from the former Union minister is still in jail along with co-accused Sanjay, Vikram and Sachin. They were charged under the IPC sections 385(putting a person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion), 506 (criminal intimidation), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of the offence, or giving false information to screen offender).
Chinmayanand has not been charged with rape, even though the student has accused him of the crime. Instead, he has been charged under a sub-section of the rape law for “misusing authority for sexual intercourse.” Booked under IPC sections 376-C (sexual intercourse by a person in authority), 354-D(stalking), 342( wrongful confinement), and 506(criminal intimidation).
The cases are being probed by Special Investigation Team formed by the Uttar Pradesh government on direction by the Supreme Court.