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Madras High Court Denies Anticipatory Bail To Tamil Actress Charged With Making Objectionable Remarks Against CM

Upasana Sajeev
27 April 2022 6:45 AM GMT
Madras High Court Denies Anticipatory Bail To Tamil Actress Charged With Making Objectionable Remarks Against CM
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The Madras High Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea for anticipatory bail filed by tamil actress Tamilselvi alias Meera Mithun, charged for making obscene and objectionable remarks against the Chief Minister MK Stalin in a whatsapp group chat with the makers of her upcoming film "Peiya Kaanom".The bench of Justice G Jayachandran further directed the police department to arrest the actress...

The Madras High Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea for anticipatory bail filed by tamil actress Tamilselvi alias Meera Mithun, charged for making obscene and objectionable remarks against the Chief Minister MK Stalin in a whatsapp group chat with the makers of her upcoming film "Peiya Kaanom".

The bench of Justice G Jayachandran further directed the police department to arrest the actress and conduct an enquiry into the matter.

The actress, charged under Sections 294(b), 153, 504, 505(i) (b) and 506(i) of the IPC read with Section 67 of the Information Technology Act, had moved the High Court seeking anticipatory bail. The case was registered on a complaint filed by producer Surulivel against whom also she had made derogatory remarks.

In her petition, the actress claimed that during the time of the alleged incident she was attending a funeral. She further claimed that she was falsely implicated in the case as she had demanded dues from the producer. According to her, the producer has threatened that he would file a false complaint against her. She claimed that she was innocent in the matter and was in no way connected to the alleged incident.

When the matter came up before the court, the Government advocate vehemently opposed to the grant of bail to the actress. He further submitted before the court that the actress was in a habit of passing such vulgar, objectionable and defamatory remarks in social media just to keep her in the limelight. It was further submitted that interrogation was pending in the matter and that an arrest was necessary.

When the court enquired whether the actress had been similarly arrested before, the government advocate submitted that she had been arrested previously in a case of hate speech where the case was registered under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act of 1989 and had been enlarged on bail.

After hearing both the sides, the court deemed it fit not to grant anticipatory bail to the actress and directed the police to carry on the investigation.

Case Title: M Thamilselvi @ Meera Mithun v. The State
Case No: Crl OP 9481 of 2022
Citation: 2022 LiveLaw (Mad) 181

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