Madras High Court grants bail to so-called godfather Shiv Shankar Baba in sexual harassment case

The Madras High Court has granted parole to Shiv Shankar Baba, a self-proclaimed man-god in a sexual harassment case.

In one of the FIRs, a survivor provided a detailed account of the horror she faced while studying at the Sushil Hari International Boarding School. (Photo: India Today)

The Madras High Court on Wednesday granted bail to so-called godfather Shiv Shankar Baba in a sexual harassment case. Shiv Shankar Baba was arrested by police in 2021 for allegedly sexually harassing students at his educational institution, Sushil Hari International Residential School in Kelambakkam near Chennai.

The Supreme Court which had previously granted conditional release in the other seven cases against Shiv Shankar Baba had laid down certain conditions: He must not attempt to influence the victims nor visit the premises of the Sushil Hari International school.

The Madras High Court, while granting parole, upheld the conditions set by the Supreme Court and also ordered Shiv Shankar Baba to present his passport and cooperate in the investigation. He must also notify investigators beforehand if he needs to travel out of state.

Shiv Shankar Baba was charged under Sections 354 (indecent exposure of a woman), 363 (kidnapping), 365 (unlawful sending), 366 (kidnapping and forced or seduced into unlawful intercourse), the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act 2002 and sections 4, 8, 10, 12 and 17 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act.

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