Hyderabad city court on Friday refused to grant bail to well-known singer Ghazal Srinivas in sexual harassment case.
The magistrate rejected the bail petition filed by Srinivas, who was arrested on January 2 for sexually harassing a woman in the office of Save Temples Organisation. He was remanded to judicial custody till January 12.
The prosecution opposed Ghazal Srinivas' bail petition on the ground that if released on bail, he could tamper with the evidence or influence the witnesses. The court agreed with the argument and refused to grant bail to the accused.
Ghazal Srinivas, whose real name is Kesiraju Srinivas, was arrested by the Punjagutta police on charges of sexually harassing a woman, working as jockey for a web radio 'Alayavani' (voice of temples) run by Save Temples Organisation.
Police filed the case against him on the basis of video evidence provided by the 29-year-old complainant. Police have several video clippings to prove that Srinivas was sexually harassing woman at the workplace. In one of the videos leaked to media, Srinivas is seen being massaged by a woman employee.
Parvathi, 32, working as maid in the office, and accused number two in the case, is still at large.
The Nampally court on Thursday had dismissed a petition by the police seeking four-day custody of Srinivas, saying the CCTV footage available with police was enough for further investigations in the case. The court pointed out that the case was booked under section 354A which is non-bailable, hence there was no need to take him into police custody.
Srinivas is currently being imprisoned in the Chanchalguda jail.
Meanwhile, following the singer's arrest, Global Hindu Heritage Foundation and Save Temples Organisation suspended him as their brand ambassador.
Through a video, the founder and president of Global Hindu Heritage Federation, Velagapudi Prakash Rao said that they have suspended Srinivas as their brand ambassador with immediate effect.