The Supreme Court has granted Rajya Sabha MP Sasikala Pushpa six-week protection from arrest in a sexual harassment case.
The apex court has asked the Madurai bench of Madras High Court to decide on her anticipatory bail plea uninfluenced by its order.
Last week, the expelled AIADMK MP and two of her family members, who face charges of harassment by their domestic help, were also granted interim protection from arrest till 22 August by the Delhi High Court.
The court had told the Tamil Nadu government that no coercive action is to be taken against Pushpa and her kin until 22 August, while she explores her legal remedies. The Delhi High Court had also said that all the accused have to approach the concerned court for further remedies like regular bail, reports DNA.
Pushpa's domestic helps had lodged a police complaint against her, her husband, her mother and her son alleging torture by them. The domestic helps reportedly worked at Pushpa's house in Tamil Nadu.
Pushpa was expelled from the AIADMK by party supremo Jayalalithaa on 1 August for "bringing disrepute to the party".