The Karnataka High Court has disposed of a criminal petition filed by Kannada actress Jayamala on Monday. The former KFCC president had filed the petition seeking anticipatory bail after the Kerala police decided to chargesheet in connection with her controversial claim of touching Lord Ayyappa's idol during her visit to Sabarimala shrine.
On Monday, Justice N Anand granted anticipatory bail to Jayamala based on the Kerala police's submission. In his statement to HC, Rajiv, the SP of Crime Branch Kottayam, said that the police had no objection to grant anticipatory bail to Jayamala. He said the police had no intention to arrest her in the case.
Justice Ananda disposed of the petition stating that there is no need to grant her anticipatory bail. "When there is no question of arrest, the question of granting anticipatory bail does not arise," the Deccan Herald quoted Anand's statement.
However, the Sandalwood actress made her controversial visit to Sabarimala shrine in 1986. But the complaint was lodged after 20 years following her public confession in 2006 that she had entered the sanctum sanctorum of Sabarimala and even touched the idol of presiding deity defying ban on women between the age of 10-50 years.