Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Swami Chinmayanand bail; issues notice in plea to transfer trial to Delhi
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Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Swami Chinmayanand bail; issues notice in plea to transfer trial to Delhi

Shruti Mahajan

The Supreme Court today dismissed the petition challenging the bail granted to Swami Chinmayanand by the Allahabad High Court.

The Court also issued notice to Chinmayanand in a separate plea seeking transfer of the trial in the rape case against the former Union Minister from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi.

The Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Navin Sinha today noted that the High Court has given its reasons for granting bail and has exercised its discretion in passing the order. Thus, it found no reason to interfere with the same.

Appearing for the petitioner, Senior Counsel Colin Gonsalves told the Bench that the High Court, while passing the order for bail, had noted that there existed apprehension of tampering of evidence by the accused and that the complainant feared a threat to her life.

Arguing that a person wielding such influence should not be granted bail, Gonsalves told the Court that even the members of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up to probe the case had assaulted the complainant and her family.

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