Kochi: Actor and Bharatiya Janata Occasion chief Suresh Gopi was on Wednesday interrogated by police for 2 hours in Kerala’s Kozhikode in reference to a case of sexual harassment filed towards him based mostly on a grievance from a lady journalist.
Gopi, who arrived on the Nadakkavu police station round midday in an SUV, was accompanied by senior state leaders of the BJP and a whole bunch of occasion staff in a present of solidarity with the actor. The BJP has alleged political harassment of the actor behind the case.
The actor, who has starred in over 250 movies largely in Malayalam, was booked by the Kozhikode metropolis police on October 28 below part 354 A (1)(i) of the Indian Penal Code for “bodily contact and advances involving unwelcome and express sexual overtures”. The grievance was filed by a lady journalist on whose shoulder the BJP chief allegedly positioned his hand twice with out her consent throughout a press briefing.
After the row broke out, Gopi, by a publish on Fb, clarified that he touched the girl’s shoulder in an act of affection and that if she was mentally troubled over it, he would apologise for his motion. “In life, particularly in public, I’ve by no means behaved indecently. However I really feel I ought to respect what she feels concerning the incident. I tender my apology if she felt unhealthy or was mentally troubled by the incident,” he wrote.
After the case was registered towards him, Gopi signalled that he would cooperate with the investigation. On Wednesday, he was accompanied by his legal professionals on the police station and he’s mentioned to have defined to the police his actions on the press briefing. The cops let him off after telling him to look in individual when summoned subsequent in reference to the case.
BJP state president Ok Surendran instructed reporters, “There are critical prices towards CPI(M) leaders in a number of instances however the administration is just not able to take them up. However a faux case towards Suresh Gopi is being taken up in a really fast method. Everybody understands the political video games behind it and we are going to oppose it.”