New Delhi, May 17: Supreme Court in an interim order on Wednesday granted anticipatory bail to National President of Indian Youth Congress (IYC), Srinivas BV, in a sexual harassment case lodged by a party member in Assam.
The Apex Court, while granting interim protection to Srinivas, directed him to appear before the Investigating Officer (IO) and co-operate in the probe.
Srinivas had moved the Supreme Court seeking antitcipatory bail from arrest in a case for allegedly outraging modesty of the now expelled Assam youth Congress President.
Granting anticipatory bail, the court asked him to deposit a bail bond of Rs 50,000. It also issued notice to the state of Assam, and sought a detailed reply from it in the entire issue.
Srinivas has been asked by the Top Court to cooperate in the investigation.
He had moved the Apex Court seeking relief in respect to the FIR registered in Assam on a sexual harassment complaint lodged by an expelled party member.
A Bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice BR Gavai and also comprising Justice Justice Sanjay Karol said the alleged incident took place during 24-26 February 2023 in Raipur and the complaint was lodged in April 2023 in Assam.
The bench also noted that the complainant’s tweets and interviews to media before the complaint was lodged had no “whisper of allegation” of sexual harassment against the petitioner.