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Victim wants rape charges included in FIR against Chinmayanand

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The law student, who had accused former union minister Chinmayanand of sexual harassment, has submitted a ‘miscellaneous application’ in the Allahabad High Court, seeking inclusion of rape charges in the FIR filed against him.

The court has sought the state government’s reply on her application.

Sources said the FIR against Chinmayanand does not include rape charges and the law student wants him to be charged with rape.

According to legal experts, a miscellaneous application is a “formal expression of request submitted by way of an application, filed before the criminal court in or otherwise in the criminal proceedings on different actions of reliefs for some privilege, right, benefit or for an action”.

Meanwhile, the Special Investigating Team (SIT) on Tuesday submitted its progress report in the case to the court in a sealed envelope.

The SIT informed the court that the forensic report on the video clips would take about four more weeks.

A division bench of the Allahabad High Court is monitoring the progress in the case, on the directives of the Supreme Court.

The woman, who was a law student at Shahjahanpur’s SS College run by Chinmayanand, had on August 23 posted a video on the social media accusing the former union minister of sexual harassment and blackmail.

The woman went missing the next day and was found in Dausa in Rajasthan after the Supreme Court took cognisance of the matter.

Speaking to the judges in their chamber, she narrated her ordeal of the sexual harassment and blackmail at the hands of Chinmayanand.

She later filed a FIR in Delhi, while Chinmayanand filed a FIR alleging extortion threat from the women and three men.

Video clips of Chinmayanand taking a massage from the alleged victim surfaced on the social media and another video clip of the woman and her male companions discussing the extortion matter also surfaced on the social media.

Chinmayanand was arrested on September 20 and five days later, the law student and her male companions were also arrested. All are now lodged in the Shahjahanpur jail.

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NCB drugs case: No bail for Aryan Khan, 2 others

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 Mumbai Special NDPS Court on Wednesday rejected the bail plea of Aryan Khan, the son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

The court also declined the bail applications of Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha, the two accused in the same case.

Khan’s lawyer said that though the detailed order of Special Judge V.V. Patil is awaited, they plan to “appeal to the Bombay High Court today or tomorrow seeking bail”.

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All eyes on Mumbai special court, suspense over bail or jail for Aryan

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 The Special NDPS Court in Mumbai is the focus of national attention as the bail plea of Aryan Khan — son of Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan — and 7 other youths come up for hearing later on Wednesday.

The arguments in the bail pleas of Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha were completed last week and Special NDPS Judge V.V. Patil had deferred the verdict till Wednesday, but the hearing of the remaining accused is pending.

The hearing comes under the backdrop of a senior Shiv Sena leader Kishore Tiwari filing a plea before the Supreme Court Chief Justice N.V. Ramana demanding a high-level probe into the affairs of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and the ‘violation of Aryan Khan’s fundamental rights’.

Meanwhile, the NCB has reportedly found the mention of a heroine in one of the WhatsApp chats of Aryan — who has been inside the lockup or custody for 19 nights continuously since his detention on October 2 and arrest on October 3.

The NCB has reportedly counselled him and other co-accused, offered them their religious holy books like Bhagwad Gita, Quran or Bible, Aryan reportedly is full of remorse and has promised to ‘reform’ himself after release.

However, Nationalist Congress Party National Spokesperson and Minister Nawab Malik has challenged these claims and demanded the NCB should release videos of the purported counselling sessions instead of indulging in selective leaks.

In one of the most high-profile operations, Aryan Khan, along with 7 others was caught when the NCB team led by Mumbai Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede swooped on an alleged rave party aboard a cruise ship on October 2 evening.

During subsequent investigations, another 12 persons, including a foreigner have been nabbed in the same case, while some others have been raided or questioned.

Simultaneously, fingers have been raised at the NCB’s style of working, the involvement of a fugitive and a politician, friends of the sleuths as ‘independent witnesses’, capped by the unprecedented plea to the CJI seeking a probe into the central narcotics agency’s alleged ‘mala fide doings’.

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Bhopal man arrested for raping 13-yr-old girl

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Bhopal Police on Monday arrested an accused for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl. The matter came to light after a police complaint was registered. The accused has been arrested under sections 376 and 501 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

According to the police, the accused is known to the victim. He runs a grocery store where the victim used to visit to purchase goods.

According to the victim’s complaint lodged at Bhopal’s Sukhi Sevaniya police station, the accused invited the victim to his home on Saturday and allegedly raped her. He also threatened her of serious consequences if she told anyone about the incident.

However, after another person who knew the victim, came to know about the incident, she narrated the entire story to her parents.

Subsequently, they lodged a police compliant on Monday, a senior police official, Vijay Bahadur Singh, from Sukhi Sevaniya police station, told IANS.

“Further, investigation in the matter is underway,” he said.

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