New Delhi: Former Union Minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand on Wednesday claimed that the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by a law student were part of a conspiracy.
“I do not want to influence the SIT probe into the matter but I am confident that the inquiry will reveal the truth,” he said at a press conference in Shahjahanpur.
Appearing before the media for the first time after the allegations were made, the BJP leader said he was upset over the fact that the incident has taken place at a time when he was trying to elevate SS College to the status of a University.
“There has been an attempt to malign my image and thwart my efforts for elevating the college to the university level. I had even met the state Finance Minister in this regard and was scheduled to meet the Chief Minister. It is clear that some people do not want the college to prosper,” he said.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the law student, who made sexual harassment allegations against Chinmayanand, to take admission in another university.
It also allowed the girl’s brother to take admission in another institute to continue his further studies without delay.
“For us, their future is important,” said a bench headed by Justice R. Banumathi in its order, after the Uttar Pradesh government said that it has made all arrangements to shift the LLM student and her brother, pursuing LLB, to another college, and also assured that hostel accommodation will also be provided to them in the campus.
Additional Solicitor General Vikramjit Banerjee, appearing for the UP government, submitted that if the court will pass direction, then it will be easy for the two students to take admission as the process is complete in most of the colleges.
He told the court that the two institutes to which law student and her bother are to be transferred have already filled up the permissible number of seats for the courses concerned.
The court then asked the Bar Council of India to pass appropriate direction in this regard.
The court has given four weeks time to the girl and her brother to apply for admission after it was informed that whatever fees and other incidental charges that have been paid by siblings in their respective institutes will be adjusted against the fee payable in the new institutes to which they are to be admitted.