BENGALURU: The Karnataka High Court has denied the accused senior advocate K.S.N. Rajesh Bhat's anticipatory bail application in connection with a sexual harassment case filed against him by a law graduate student. The accused is currently being held by police.
The bench, led by Justice K. Natarajan, stated that the accused is an advocate who has the ability to influence police, universities, and judges. In these cases, anticipatory bail cannot be granted, according to the bench. The accused's counsel argued that it is not possible to file a rape case under IPC Section 376 based on the content of the victim's complaint against the accused.
Similarly, no one can be hanged for a sexual harassment case brought under IPC Section 354. A sentence of three years in prison could be imposed for an offence under IPC Section 354. In addition, there is a delay in filing the complaint. He stated that the victim maintains that the CCTV footage was destroyed. They could, however, be recovered even now.
The petitioner has surrendered to police and has been subjected to medical examinations. There is no need for the police to arrest him and investigate. As a result, anticipatory bail could be granted to him, according to the counsel.