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SC asks UP government to form SIT in Swami Chinmayanand case

SIT; Chinmayanand

New Delhi | The Supreme Court on Monday has asked the Uttar Pradesh government to form an SIT to “address the grievances” raised by the law student.

The student had gone missing a day after publishing a video alleging harassment by college authorities. She was found a day later in Rajasthan.

A bench of Justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna ordered that the SIT will be headed by an officer of the rank of Inspector General of Police and assisted by an officer of Superintendent of Police rank.

It also asked the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court to constitute a bench to monitor the investigation.

The court said after interacting with the parents of the girl, they found out she had “certain grievances against the institution (where she was studying), and also against the management”. The “parents” also have “certain apprehensions on her safety”, the court said.

“We are not expressing any opinion. All that we are inclined to say is that correctness of grievance has to be addressed,” the bench added.

The woman had said that she does not want to continue in the same institution and had suggested a different college under the same university, the court said.

The case will now be taken by the Allahabad High Court.

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