Trouble continues to mount for former Bharatiya Janata Party leader Swami Chinmayanand.
A video purportedly showing the BJP leader get a massage from the law student who accused him of sexual harassment has been leaked and has gone viral on social media.
The video shows an elderly man recieve a massage from a girl as he continues to undress. A media website has claimed that the video was shot by the girl through a spycam fitted in her spectacles.
The family of the law student had submitted the video to the SIT investigating the case. Even though the SIT has not come to a conclusion on the video, questions are being raised over whether the video is authentic and if it will be admitted as evidence.
Earlier, Swami Chinmayanand's lawyer Om Singh had denied the existence of any such video.
Now that the clip has emerged, he has said that the video is an attempt to defame his client and only the forensic report will determine the veracity of the clip.
Om Singh said that he has videos of the girl and her friends which shows that they plotted to falsely accuse Chinmayanand. He said that he will be submitting the video to the SIT.
Meanwhile, members of the SIT on Tuesday searched the hostel room of the Shahjahanpur student who has accused BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand of raping and "physically exploiting" her for a year.
SIT search girl's hostel room
The SIT members, accompanied by forensic experts, spent nearly six hours at the hostel room to collect evidence in connection with her allegations against the former Union minister, college sources said.
The student and her family members accompanied the SIT members during the search, they said.
The team, which reached the hostel around noon, remained in the room till 5.45 pm, examining the postgraduate student's belongings.
After the search, the room was locked and sealed.
Police sources said no rape case was registered till Tuesday evening against Chinmayanand after she lodged a zero FIR in New Delhi.
The woman appeared before the press on Monday, alleging that Chinmayanand had raped her, and also "physically exploited" her for one year.
She had told mediapersons that the Shahjahanpur police was reluctant to register a rape case against the 72-year-old BJP leader.
"On Sunday, the SIT quizzed me for about 11 hours. I have told them about the rape. Even after telling them everything, they have not arrested Chinmayanand yet," she had said.
She had alleged that when her father gave a complaint to police here about her physical exploitation, Shahjahanpur District Magistrate Indra Vikram Singh "issued threats", asking her father to file "a missing complaint" instead.
"I have all the proof. The hostel room where I lived has been sealed. It should be opened in front of the media," she said, adding that she would give the proof, including video clips, at an opportune time.
"He (Chinmayanand) has ruined the lives of many girls. I can't tell the exact number. I am the only one to muster the courage and stand up," she added.
The SIT was formed last Tuesday, a day after the Supreme Court took suo moto cognisance of the case and directed the state government to investigate the charges levelled by the student.
The victim had gone missing on August 24, a day after she posted a video on social media, alleging that a "senior leader of the sant community" was harassing and threatening to kill her.
She was located in Rajasthan last Friday.
Her father had filed a complaint with police, accusing 72-year-old Chinmayanand of sexually harassing her, a charge refuted by the former Union minister's lawyer who claimed it was a "conspiracy" to blackmail him.
Police had on August 27 booked Chinmayanand under Sections 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code based on her father's complaint.