After multiple summons and the top court dismissing his petition, actor-BJP leader SVe Shekher, who was booked for his comments against women on Facebook, appeared before the local court on Wednesday. Later, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court granted him bail to till July 18.
Chennai: Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court grants bail to BJP leader S Ve Shekher till July 18th in connection with the alleged derogatory remarks he made against women journalists on Facebook. (File pic) pic.twitter.com/UMWyvCwH5R
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The actor was earlier booked for sharing an abusive post on Facebook, criticising woman journalists. The post was in reference to Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit patting a woman journalist on her cheek during a press meet in Raj Bhavan.
However, the actor removed the post immediately. “By mistake I forwarded (shared) a message without reading. When a friend pointed that the content was abusive, it was removed immediately,” Sheker said in a report to The Times of India. Furthermore, he also posted an apology note which said: “I come from a family that respects women and women journalists. If I had hurt anyone in the very few minutes of that post, it was not on purpose and my heartfelt apology.”
Meanwhile, the Cyber Crime Cell of the Tamil Nadu Police had already filed the chargesheet in the case. However, Shekher claimed in the high court that these were baseless allegations and there was no iota of truth in it.
Disposing Sheker’s plea, the court had ordered that no action be taken against the actor until he sought anticipatory bail. But, the Madras High Court dismissed Shekher’s initial plea for anticipatory bail and directed police to take action on the complaint.
A summon was sent to him saying that he should appear before the Egmore Court. According a report, after an inquiry conducted by the Tirunelveli Criminal Court, the actor was asked to appear before the Justice on July 12, in the failure of which an arrest warrant will be issued.