Actor Meera Mithun granted bail

Since they are in custody for five weeks and the fact that to err is human nature, this court is inclined to grant bail, Principal Sessions Judge R Selvakumar said.

Holding that ‘erring’ is human nature, a lower court in Chennai on Wednesday granted bail to actor Meera Mithun alias Tamil Selvi and her associate, who were arrested for uttering certain remarks against Dalits and imprisoned for about a month.

As per the prosecution case, the accused released the video footage in the social media containing speeches, which insulted the entire Scheduled Caste community.

Though there were some words uttered by Mithun, the other petitioner also accompanied as a co-actor. Anyhow, they were in custody for nearly five weeks. Penal provisions cannot be invoked at the time of bail. It can be proved by the prosecution during the trial. Since they are in custody for five weeks and the fact that to err is human nature, this court is inclined to grant bail, Principal Sessions Judge R Selvakumar said.

Accordingly, the petitioners are ordered to be released on bail on their executing a bond for Rs10,000 each with two sureties each for a like sum to the satisfaction of the court.

They should appear before the police daily at 10.30 a.m. until further orders and not tamper with the evidence or witness either during investigation or trial, the court ruled.

They should not abscond either during investigation or trial. On breach of any of these conditions, the trial court is entitled to take appropriate action against them in accordance with law, the PSJ added.

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