In a U-turn, as­cetics’ out­fit de­cides to back Chin­mayanand

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - MS Nawaz

Days af­ter crit­i­cis­ing Swami Chin­mayanand who has been ac­cused of rape by a law stu­dent, the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Par­ishad (ABAP), the apex body of as­cetics, made a U-turn and said that the for­mer Union min­is­ter has been falsely im­pli­cated in the case.

Speak­ing with TOI, ABAP pres­i­dent Ma­hant Naren­dra Giri said that the law stu­dent has lev­elled false al­le­ga­tions against the for­mer BJP leader in an at­tempt to ex­tort money. He added that the Akhara Par­ishad has de­cided to sup­port Chin­mayanand in the case.

Though one fac­tion of the apex body still wanted to dis­cuss the is­sue at the meet­ing to be held in Oc­to­ber 10, the pres­i­dent urged the seers to ex­tend their sup­port to the BJP leader.

Giri said, “Swami Chin­mayanand is a noted and re­spected as­cetic and has been falsely im­pli­cated by the law stu­dent. She shot the video with the in­ten­tion to ex­tort money with the help of her gang mem­bers. We fully sup­port the for­mer Union min­is­ter in this mat­ter and will not dis­cuss the is­sue in the meet­ing of the Akhara Par­ishad.”


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