A Chennai court granted bail to Bharatiya Janata Party leader S Ve Shekher on Wednesday in connection with the derogatory remarks he made about women journalists in April, ANI reported. Shekher got bail till July 20.
Shekher had earlier moved the Supreme Court after the Madras High Court rejected his anticipatory bail plea. On June 1, the Supreme Court denied Shekher interim protection from arrest. The state government had told the court that it had filed a chargesheet in the case, after which the vacation bench asked Shekher to appear before the magistrate’s court and apply for regular bail.
A journalists’ group in Tamil Nadu had filed a police complaint against Shekher after he shared a Facebook post on April 19 titled, “Madurai University, Governor and the Virgin Cheeks of a Girl”, from the account of a user named Thirumalai S. The post was about Governor Banwarilal Purohit patting a journalist on her cheek during a press conference. “Recent complaints show that they [journalists] cannot become reporters or anchors without sleeping with big shots,” the post read.