Supreme Court Grants Protection from Arrest to Sherlyn Chopra in Pornography Case [4.2.2022]

New Delhi, 4.2.2022, Thursday

Supreme Court Grants Protection from Arrest to Sherlyn Chopra in Pornography Case

The Supreme Court on Friday granted protection from arrest to actress Sherlyn Chopra in porn films racket case. A bench of Justices Vineet Saran and Aniruddha Bose issued notice to the Maharashtra government on the appeal filed by Chopra against a Bombay High Court order rejecting her anticipatory bail.

“Issue notice… In the meanwhile, no coercive action shall be taken against the petitioner," the bench said. Advocate Sunil Fernandes, appearing for Chopra, submitted that protection has already been given to other accused in the case.

Chopra has been arrayed as an accused in the FIR along with actor Poonam Pandey. Pandey was given protection from arrest by the top court on January 18. The high court had rejected her anticipatory bail application on November 25, 2021.

In October 2021, Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra slapped Rs 50 crore defamation case against Sherlyn Chopra days after she filed an FIR against the businessman in Mumbai. In the notice, the couple also dismissed Sherlyn’s allegations about sexual harassment and criminal intimidation. According to reports, the actor-model filed a police complaint on October 14.

In December, the apex court had granted protection from arrest to Raj Kundra in connection with an FIR registered against him for allegedly distributing pornographic videos. Kundra had been booked under certain Sections of the Indian Penal Code, Indecent Representation of Women (Prevention) Act and Information Technology Act, for allegedly distributing/ transmitting sexually explicit videos. Fearing arrest, Kundra first sought anticipatory bail from the sessions court, but it was refused. He then moved the high court, claiming that he had been framed.

05 Feb 2022