Swami Chinmayanand, 73, a former internal affairs minister, is the second senior member of the right wing Bharatiya Janata Party to face sex charges in recent months
Indian police Friday arrested a former minister from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 23-year-old woman.
Swami Chinmayanand, 73, a former internal affairs minister, is the second senior member of the right wing Bharatiya Janata Party to face sex charges in recent months.
Chinmayanand runs several educational and welfare institutions in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and the victim was a student at one of his colleges, according to media reports.
Rape accused BJP Leader Swami Chinmayanand admits to every allegation of sexual exploitation leveled against him yet the @BJP4India Govt is still trying to protect him by Cops watering down the rape charges— Raksha Ramaiah 🇮🇳 (@RakshaRamaiah) September 20, 2019
BJP should hang its head in shame
Utterly disgusting!#RapistsOfBJP pic.twitter.com/txEAd4iyXj
The woman, who has accused the politician of rape, on Thursday threatened to set herself on fire if police did not take action against Chinmayanand.
She filed a case in early September and authorities had faced criticism over the pace of the investigation.
"We arrested him this morning and the court has since sent him to judicial custody for 14 days," Naveen Arora, state police inspector general, told journalists.
Arora said the accused had been confronted with phone records and recordings, and had admitted to some of the accusations against him.
Shahjahanpur: Swami Chinmayanand, accused of sexually harassing a law student, is being attended to by a team of doctors at his residence Divya Dham after he complained of some health problems. pic.twitter.com/gCncU6kPc2— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 16, 2019
Chinmayanand, who served as a junior minister in a coalition government from 1999 to 2004, has so far only been charged with stalking, wrongful confinement and intimidation, Press Trust of India news agency said.
The arrest is the second major embarrassment for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh. Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a top lawmaker from the state, was arrested last year for allegedly raping a teenager.
Sengar again made headlines in July after the teenager's family staged protests accusing him of orchestrating a road accident in which two of the teenager's female relatives were killed. He has since been charged with murder.
The incident led to protests in Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi calling for justice.