New Delhi (ILNS): The Kerala High Court today granted anticipatory bail to dubbing artist Bhagyalakshmi and activists Sreelekshmi Arackal and Diya Sana in the case of the manhandling of YouTuber Vijay P Nair.
The trio was charged with a non-bailable offence for allegedly assaulting YouTuber Nair over making derogatory comments about a few women, including Bhagyalakshmi in a video. Following this, they moved the high court for anticipatory bail.
Justice Ashok Menon passed the order this morning. Pronouncing the order on the bail application jointly filed by the three women, Justice Menon stated that in the event of their arrest they should be released on bail on furnishing sureties and complying with the conditions as specified in the order. The reasons for allowing bail and the conditions imposed will be known when the complete copy of the order is available.
The court had strongly criticized the action of the accused including Bhagyalakshmi while hearing their bail plea. The court verbally stated “when you take law in your hands, you should be ready to suffer its consequences.”
The assault was streamed live on Facebook. After they threw black oil on his face, they left the house with his phone and laptop.
However, Bhagyalakshmi and the other two argued that they had not trespassed to his room and stolen anything. Vijay P Nair had filed a plea in the court opposing the anticipatory bail plea of the three. He argued that if the accused are granted anticipatory bail it wound give a wrong message. The court had sought an explanation from the government in the case.
The additional Sessions court had earlier rejected the anticipatory bail pleas of the three. Following that, they approached the high court. The accused in the bail plea asserted that they went to his room for conciliatory talks as no action was taken by the police after approaching them.