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In the rape case filed against him, the Supreme Court today refused to grant former BJP MP Chinmayanand access to the complainant law student's statement to the magistrate under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. (Miss "A" vs State of Uttar Pradesh & anr)
The Court has thus set aside the Allahabad High Court order directing that Chinmayanand be provided a copy of the statement made by the Shahjahanpur law student.
The court while setting aside the Allahabad HC order noted that "right to recieve a copy of the statement arises only after cognizance has been taken" and that "High Court completely erred in appreciating the directions issued by this Court, especially in a matter where the offences alleged against accused are of sexual exploitation".