The Allahabad High Court on Monday transferred from Shahjahanpur to Lucknow the trial in the sexual abuse case against former Union minister Swami Chinmayananda while granting him bail with several conditions.

“The trial court will take up the case on priority basis, preferably on day to day basis and trial will be concluded within one year,” the court said while shifting the trial to the Lucknow district court based on the survivor’s apprehension that Chinmayanad, being a powerful person in his home town Shahjahanpur where the trial is currently taking place, could tamper with evidence and influence the proceedings.

Justice Rahul Chaturvedi issued the bail order on the plea filed by the BJP leader. The order directed Chinmayanand to file an undertaking stating that he shall not seek any adjournment on the date fixed for evidence when the witnesses are present in court.

Justice Chaturvedi also directed Senior Superintendent of Police, Lucknow to ensure the security and safety of the survivor, her family members and witnesses during the entire trial period by deputing an officer of the rank of Senior Sub Inspector and armed constables for their protection. 

The court had reserved its order on November 16 after hearing the counsels from both sides.

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