Chennai: The Madras high court, hearing actor and BJP functionary S. Ve. Shekher’s anticipatory bail plea following cases registered against him for his alleged derogatory comments on women scribes, said it will not pass any directive on his petition and transferred the case to the vacation court.
In a setback to the BJP functionary who moved the court for anticipatory bail fearing arrest by the police, on April 23, the Madras High Court on Saturday declined to pass interim orders preventing Greater Chennai police from arresting him for sharing a derogatory Facebook post against women journalists. The High Court, however, permitted him to move any of the vacation courts and seek anticipatory bail if required.
Shekher who shared a derogatory post saying women journalists, “sleep around to get top posts,” on his Facebook page on April 19, later withdrew it and claimed he merely forwarded the post.
He also tendered an apology. Following the derogatory post, the journalists union and THE WEEK’s correspondent lodged separate complaints against Shekher with the Central Crime Branch, Chennai on April 20....