Kerala HC stays lower court order granting bail to Civic Chandran

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Civic Chandran | Photo: NM Pradeep/Mathrubhumi

Kochi: The Kerala High Court here on Wednesday has stayed the anticipatory bail granted to Civic Chandran in the second sexual harassment case against him. The court’s intervention was based on the appeal filed by the survivor. The court also ordered for protection of Chandran from arrest, until the case is taken up on Monday.

The survivor in the appeal pointed out that the bail order had legal fallacies. The order has misogynistic remarks and findings antithetical to Supreme Court’s directions, the survivor contended. The court’s move is in this regard.

Meanwhile, the Kerala High Court on the other day issued a transfer order to four district court judges, including Kozhikode district judge S Krishnakumar, who made the controversial remark while granting bail to writer Civic Chandran in the sexual assault case.

The anticipatory bail created controversy after the Kozhikode Sessions Court made observations that sexual harassment complaints would not stand if the woman was wearing a 'sexually provocative dress'.

Interestingly, on the same day, the state government also submitted the petition under Sections 482 and 439(2) of the CrPC and alleged that the findings and reasoning given by the Sessions Court in the anticipatory bail is suffering from illegality, lack of sensitivity, sobriety and perversity.

Civic Chandran has been accused in two sexual harassment cases, including the one by a writer belonging to a Scheduled Tribe community.

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