The Karnataka High Court has passed an interim order directing the Cubbon Park police not to arrest Kannada superstar Arjun Sarja till November 14. It seems the arrest can happen only after the next hearing, which is on that date. Actress Sruthi Hariharan has accused Sarja of sexually harassing her during the shoot of their film Vismaya (Kannada). She said that he without a forewarning he held her close and ran his hands over her hand. The incident left her distressed but she did not complain then fearing a negative impact on her career. Sarja has filed a petition to quash the FIR filed against him. The case is being looked into by Justice PS Dinesh Kumar who said since the said incident happened three years ago, there was no need to arrest Sarja. He, however, told the cops to proceed with the investigations.
Sarja’s legal counsel BV Acharya said that there was a difference in what Sruthi posted on social media and what she alleged in the FIR. She had filed complaints under sections 354 of the IPC. He has argued that she used that section since it is a non-bailable offence. He said since she argued harassment in the workplace she could have invoked sections under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. He said the sequence was filmed before a number of people, including the director. He said that Sruthi had agreed to do the scene that required them to hug. They played a married couple in the film. The Judge will hear the prosecution on November 14. The actress who is one of the top leading ladies of Kannada cinema filed the complaint on October 27.
She has alleged that she was harassed as she was rehearsing for the scenes in a bungalow near Hebbal’s Presidency College in Bengaluru. Sruthi stated that she was hesitant to take legal recourse at that point as she feared for her career.Follow @THEPANIPURI
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