Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday hit out at the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over the Chinmayanand case, alleging that a rape case was not filed as the administration was “protecting” the former union minister. A post-graduate student from Shahjahanpur has accused Chinmayanand of rape.

Taking to Twitter, Priyanka Gandhi also posted a media report that claimed that administrative officials performed Chinamayanand’s ”aarti” a year ago. “Just about a year ago, many administrative officials of Shahjahanpur were seen performing aarti of Chinmayanand. The matter was raised in newspapers,” she said in a tweet in Hindi.

“Rape case was not filed despite the rape victim narrating her ordeal. How would it have been filed? When the whole administration was embracing and protecting him,” the Congress general secretary in-charge UP East said.

In a bizarre development, the law student was on Wednesday arrested on charges of extortion and sent to 14-day judicial custody. Hours later, her bail plea was also rejected.

Chinmayanand, who was sent to judicial custody after his arrest, has been booked under section 376C of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a charge with lesser punishment than rape.

Earlier, the Allahabad High Court on Monday turned down the petition of the law student seeking a stay on her arrest in the counter extortion case against her and other three people.

23-year-old law student of the Swami Shukdevanand Law College student in Shahjahanpur had accused Chinmayanand of blackmail and rape by posting a video message on the social media on August 23. The next day she went missing and was later traced to Rajasthan on August 30. The law student had appeared before the press two weeks back alleging that she was raped and exploited for over a year by the BJP leader. She even threatened to end her life if Chinmayanand was not arrested. She said that it had been over 15 days since she recorded her statement but the Special Investigation Team (SIT) had not yet arrested the accused.She had given a pen drive containing 43 videos to the SIT to support her allegations after the sleuths asked her to submit whatever evidence she had against former Union Minister Swami Chinmayanand.