UP law student who accused BJP leader Chinmayanand of rape gets bail
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The Uttar Pradesh law student who was arrested for extortion after accusing former minister Swami Chinmayanand of rape on Wednesday got bail after two months in jail.

The 23-year-old postgraduate student, who studied at a college run by Chinmayanand's ashram, has alleged that she was raped and physically exploited by the 72-year-old for a over a year. Following the complaint, the BJP leader had then been arrested on September 20 and remanded to judicial custody for 14 days.

Based on a counter-complaint, the law student was later arrested on charges of extortion.

Chinmayanand filed a counter-complaint in which he alleged that the law student and three boys were trying to extort Rs 5 crore from him.

Police arrested four people -- including the law student -- on charges of extortion after a video clip in which they are seen discussing the issue went viral.

Chinmayanand has been booked under section 376 (C) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which is usually applied in cases where a person abuses his position to "induce or seduce" a woman under his charge to have "sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape".

He also faces charges under IPC sections 354D (stalking), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

(With inputs from agencies)

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