VC investor Mahesh Murthy gets anticipatory bail after charges of sexual harassment

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByManish K Pathak
Feb 09, 2018 09:51 PM IST

Seedfund founder Mahesh Murthy was arrested after a Delhi woman complained that he used objectionable, derogatory, obscene signs and made sexual remarks about her on WhatsApp.

Venture capital investor Mahesh Murthy was on Friday granted anticipatory bail after being arrested on charges of sexually harassing a woman based in Delhi and using obscene language while communicating with her on WhatsApp.

File photo of Mahesh Murthy who was arrested in Mumbai on Friday.(HT)
File photo of Mahesh Murthy who was arrested in Mumbai on Friday.(HT)

He was granted anticipatory bail last week by a sessions court, which had ordered Murthy be released on executing a surety of Rs15,000 in the event of an arrest.

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The move came after the National Commission for Women (NCW) wrote to the Khar police in December last year. Based on the NCW complaint, a FIR was registered on December 29 against Murthy, a resident of Bandra (West).

Senior police inspector of Khar police station Ramchandra Jadhav said: “He was granted anticipatory bail in the case. It was a technical arrest.”

The FIR, registered on December 29, is filed under Indian Penal Code sections 354 (D), 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), and section 67 the IT Act (Punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form).

The woman approached the NCW last year with a written complaint alleging Murthy used objectionable, derogatory, obscene signs and sexual remarks against her on social media.

The NCW stated that they had received one more complaint from another woman last year alleging similar crimes against Murthy. Even as Murthy apologised for some of his posts, the NCW decided that action needs to be taken.

“He has sent similar messages to few other women and we are in the process of questioning him,” added the official.

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