Venture capital investor Mahesh Murthy was on Friday arrested in Mumbai in connection with a molestation case, police said. Murthy later tweeted that he has been released on an anticipatory bail. In the tweet, Murthy said, “it was a procedural technical arrest” and that he has been released on “surety”. A report in the Hindustan Times which quotes a senior police inspector of Khar police station confirmed the same. Murthy was booked on 29 December under Section 354 (D), 509 of IPC and under Section 67 of IT Act at Khar Police Station in Mumbai. Section 354 deals with stalking and Section 509 deals with outraging the modesty of a woman. Section 67 of the IT Act deals with transmitting obscene material in electronic form. The case had been registered following 32-year-old woman’s complaint and the intervention of the National Commission of Women (NCW). “Even though Shri Murthy had allegedly, already posted an apology for some of his posts, NCW requested the DGP’s (Maharashtra police) personal involvement to investigate the matter and take strict action…. as such acts not only amount to outraging the modesty of women but also attract attention for cybercrime,” the NCW had said in a note to the press. A woman filed a complaint against Murthy last year. NCW took up the issue with the Director General of Police, Maharashtra pointing out “objectionable, derogatory, sexual and obscene signs on social media”. As per a press note put out by them on November 17, they requested the DGP’s personal involvement…
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