Kerala HC overturns suspension of hearing in harassment case involving Malayalam actor Unni Mukundan

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The Kerala High Court on Thursday overturned the stay of magistrate court proceedings against Malayalam film actor Unni Mukundan in a case of insulting a woman’s modesty. The High Court made this decision at the request of the woman.

Kochi. The Kerala High Court on Thursday overturned the stay of magistrate court proceedings against Malayalam film actor Unni Mukundan in a case of insulting a woman’s modesty. The High Court made this decision at the request of the woman. The woman claimed that the actor had misled the court by filing a false affidavit in the matter, after which a provisional stay was granted in the case. The court said that if the stay order was obtained by filing a false affidavit, then it is a “very serious” matter. The court also ordered Mukundan to submit an affidavit on the matter.

In staying the proceedings in the Magistrate Court in 2021, the Gopinath High Court of Justice had observed: “Petitioner (Plaintiff Mukundan) (Kidangur) counsel counsel stated that the second defendant (female) informed the petitioner that she would have no intention. To continue. Taking into account the fact that the proceedings were initiated on the basis of a private complaint and taking into account all the facts and circumstances of the case, a provisional stay order will be granted as requested.” Since then, the court is extending the stay order.

Hearing the petition of the complainant, the High Court noted that if the allegations of false agreement between the two parties are true, then Mukundan’s act would amount to forgery, which is a criminal offence. The court ordered Mukundan to enter an affidavit on the allegation that a forged settlement document was filed with the court in 2021. The court adjourned the matter until February 17.

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