She was held in an 8-year-old case
Divya Bharathi, 28, producer of noted documentary film, Kakkoos, on the plight of manual cleaning of night soil, was on Tuesday arrested by Madurai police to execute an arrest warrant issued by a judicial magistrate court for her failure to appear before it for two hearings in connection with a 2009 criminal case.
The Mathichiyam police picked her up from her residence in Alangakulam and produced her before the judicial magistrate court II.
Her lawyer P. Gnanavel said that Ms. Divya was one of the seven accused booked for preventing doctors at Government Rajaji hospital from discharging their duties on December 21, 2009.
The accused — five law college students, including Ms. Divya — had protested against the death of a city college student, Ramesh, who they alleged, had died due to lack of proper medical attention at the GRH after a snake bite.
They were booked for wrongful restraint, voluntarily hurting, trespass and disobedience to an order duly promulgated by a public servant.
“Even as the hearing in the criminal case was going on in the JM II court, she failed to appear for two hearings. Hence, the magistrate issued a warrant against her. After she was produced before the court, she was granted bail,” he added.
August 1, 2017 at 4:25 pm
The film producer being let off is a relief. She should not have been arrested for a 8 year old case in the first place. Her arrest indicates suppresion of freedom of expression