Mumbai: Start-up and marketing guru, who once headed a popular music TV channel, Mahesh Murthy, was arrested in Mumbai on Friday following a complaint of sexual harassment lodged by a Delhi woman. Murthy, who is Managing Partner of Seedfund, was picked up by Khar police from his home at Silver Spring apartments at Rizvi complex in Bandra west.
On December 25 last year, the Delhi-based entrepreneur had filed a complaint against him with the National Commission for Women, stating that Murthy, 52, had allegedly made objectionable, derogatory and obscene gestures and sexual remarks while messaging her on WhatsApp. The NCW had made a written complaint to the director general of police, Maharashtra, and the police registered the case against Murthy on December 29 last year.
Murthy has been arrested for stalking and word and gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman; he has been also accused of transmitting material containing sexually explicit act, etc., in electronic form under the Information Technology Act; all these are cognisable and bailable offences. The commission had also received another complaint from a woman facing similar harassment issues.
She had complained about Murthy’s alleged use of objectionable language online. Later, Murthy had apologised for some of his messages, but the NCW adopted a tough line and had written a letter to the Director General of Police, Maharashtra, to seek his personal involvement in the matter. The court had granted anticipatory bail in this case. “It was a procedural technical arrest and I have already been released on surety.
This is the same issue on which I had filed a case and on which the High Court has already passed an interim order in my favour & against the complainant back in April 2017. This is an attempt to counter-sue. I will fight this too in court to defend my reputation,” tweeted Murthy.