Khushboo case: HC stays proceedings against Maxim

The Madras High Court on Wednesday stayed criminal proceedings against Maxim, the UK-based magazine for men, based on a plea filed by one of the respondents seeking to squash the case filed by actor Khushboo for publishing a morphed picture showing her in a two-piece bikini.

Justice K N Basha, who granted the interim stay, also ordered issuing notices to the City Central Crime Branch of the Chennai police, which had filed a chargesheet based on a complaint by Khushboo. The chargesheet named five persons, including the magazine's India editor, printer, publisher, art director, deputy manager (circulation) and the regional circulation manager. The regional circulation manager filed the petition seeking to quash the criminal case against him and the others.

The police had charged the five for alleged offences under Sec 292A of the IPC (printing of grossly indecent or scurrilous matter), sections 3, 4 and 6 of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act and Sec 3 of the Tamil Nadu Prevention of Harassment of Women Act. Khushboo, who was already in the thick of a controversy over her bold remarks on pre-marital sex, claimed damages and filed a police complaint against Maxim. In his petition, Fazzal Hussain, Maxim's regional circulation manager, said the case against him had no basis and that there were no materials to proceed against him.

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