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Meanwhile, the singer moved a fresh bail petition, which will come up for hearing on January 18.

A Hyderabad court on Friday extended the judicial custody of well-known singer Ghazal Srinivas by two weeks, in a sexual harassment case.

He was produced before the Nampally Criminal Court, which extended his remand till January 25.

Srinivas was arrested on January 2 on charges of sexually harassing a woman in the office of Save Temples Organisation here. He was sent to judicial custody till January 12.

The court had also rejected his bail petition on January 5. Meanwhile, the singer moved a fresh bail petition, which will come up for hearing on January 18.

During an earlier hearing, 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 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, a woman working as maid in the office, and accused number two in the case, is still at large.

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.

The 51-year-old, who holds the Guinness World Record for singing in most languages (76) at one concert, has denied the allegations.

 

IANS Inputs