Hours after the Mumbai Police arrested venture capital investor Mahesh Murthy for allegedly sending derogatory and obscene messages to women, the businessman on Friday said that he had been granted anticipatory bail. Murthy claimed that it was a technical arrest and that he has been released on surety.
The National Commission for Women said the arrest was made following its intervention after a Delhi-based woman had approached the panel with her complaint.
“This is the same issue on which I had filed a case and where the High Court has already passed an interim order in my favour and against the complainant back in April 2017,” Murthy said on Twitter. “This is an attempt to counter-sue. I will fight this too in court to defend my reputation.”
The Mumbai Police confirmed that the investor had been granted bail. “It was a technical arrest,” senior police inspector of Khar police station, Ramchandra Jadhav, told the Hindustan Times.
Police in Mumbai’s Khar had registered a case against Murthy on December 30 based on the complaint. He was charged with stalking and “outraging the modesty” of women. He was also charged under the Information Technology Act.
In November 2017, the National Commission for Women had written to the Maharashtra director general of police regarding Murthy’s use of “objectionable, derogatory, sexual remarks and obscene signs on social media”.
It had also sent various media reports about other women who had made similar complaints, the panel had said. “Even though Murthy has allegedly already posted an apology for some of his posts, the NCW, in its letter to the Maharashtra DGP, requested for the DGP’s personal involvement,” the commission had said in a press release. “Such acts not only amount to outraging the modesty of women but also attract action for cyber crime.”