Four week reprieve for former Bharti Airtel CEO

Published: 21st July 2013 07:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st July 2013 07:21 AM   |  A+A-

The Madras High Court has extended by four more weeks the operation of its earlier interim order staying all further proceedings in a criminal case and the operation of the warrant of arrest issued by the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) in Egmore on April 29 last against Rajiv Rajagopal, former Chief Executive Officer of Bharti Airtel Limited in Santhome.

Originally, advocate V S Suresh lodged a complaint with the police alleging that the service provider was sending obscene messages despite his objections. The SI attached to the cyber crime cell conducted a probe and filed his final report. The report, among other things, stated that the accused had sent obscene and lascivious messages over their GSM mobile network and the same was being put into circulation for the purpose of sale of the contents. Since the contents appeal to prurient interest and tend to deprave and corrupt persons, the SI stated that the accused was liable to be punished for an offence under Sec  292 of the CrPC.

The CMM in Egmore issued an arrest warrant against the accused on April 29 this year.

Aggrieved, Rajiv Rajagopal moved the Madras High Court, which granted the interim injunction on an earlier occasion. When the matter came up again on July 12 last, Justice R Subbiah extended its operation by four more weeks.

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