Madras High Court denies bail to Felix Gerald over 'Savukku' interview controversy

Dismissing Felix’s bail petition, Justice T V Thamilselvi said that the applicant had the option of editing out the objectionable remarks before uploading the interview to his YouTube channel.
YouTuber Felix Gerald
YouTuber Felix Gerald Photo | Express

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Monday declined to grant bail to YouTuber Felix Gerald in a case where he was arrested by Coimbatore cyber crime police for hosting an interview with ‘Savukku’ Shankar, in which the latter had allegedly made objectionable comments about women police officials in Tamil Nadu.

Felix Gerald, through his counsel, submitted that he had been lodged in jail for 47 days and that he was in no way responsible for the statements made by Shankar and requested to be granted bail on these grounds.

The public prosecutor, appearing for TN police, opposed the bail plea stating that the applicant had asked the questions which prompted Shankar to make the allegedly objectionable remarks.

Dismissing Felix’s bail petition, Justice T V Thamilselvi said that the applicant had the option of editing out the objectionable remarks before uploading the interview to his YouTube channel. Furthermore, the judge also pointed out that the applicant was an educated person who was fully aware of the issues.

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