Actor Arjun Sarja on Tuesday moved the Karnataka High Court seeking to quash a First Information Report filed against him based on actor Sruthi Hariharan’s complaint, reported The Hindu. Hariharan had registered a sexual harassment complaint against Sarja at a police station in Bengaluru on October 27.
Sarja claimed the criminal case against him was false with “a clear intention of trickery and as a measure of shielding counter attack to escape from legal actions initiated against her”.
“It was absolutely clear that the complaint so filed [by Sruthi] was a fertile concoction of legal brains after much thought and broad improvement from that of Sruthi’s initial long story over her Facebook page,” Sarja’s petition said.
Sarja has alleged that Hariharan’s Facebook post and her complaint to the police is vastly different, according to The Times of India. The complaint contained additional details that are nothing but an afterthought to counter attack him, he claimed.
In his petition, Sarja said “investigations have revealed that his email IDs and social media accounts were cloned, and illegal tagging was done”.
In her Facebook post on October 20, Hariharan alleged that Sarja sexually harassed her on the sets of the bilingual film Vismaya. She said that while rehearsing for a scene, Sarja hugged her and then without “forewarning or permission, he runs his hand intimately up and down” her back.
On October 27, the Cubbon Park police in Bengaluru registered an FIR under Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354A (making physical contact, unwelcome and sexually coloured remarks), and 509 (using vulgar gesture and actions) of the Indian Penal Code, reported The News Minute.
The Karnataka Women’s Commission chief has also written a letter to the police commissioner asking him to submit a report within 15 days.