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Madras HC notice to Sushmita Sen
Madurai, Dec 19: After Khushboo, Shilpa Shetty and Reema Sen, it is now the turn of former Miss Universe turned-actress Sushmita Sen to land in legal trouble over comments on "pre-marital sex".

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court issued notice to her yesterday, while admitting a criminal revision petition taking exception to her comments that "no Indian has chastity or virginity anymore". She purportedly said this in a TV interview.

The petition was filed by advocate S Greesh Kumar following which Justice A Selvam issued notices to her and Tamil daily 'Dina Thanthi' which published the transcript of the interview.

The petition was earlier dismissed by a judicial magistrate after conducting an inquiry into the complaint lodged by Kumar under IPC sections 292(A) (printing of grossly indecent and scurrilous matter or matter intended for blackmail), 293 (sale of obscene objects to young persons), 509 (word gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman).

It was dismissed on the ground that there was no prima facie material or evidence to come to the conclusion that SUshmita would have made those comments.

The High court judge, however, admitted it after Kumar went on an appeal.

Sushmita's comments were widely reported by various TV channels and published in 'Dina Thanthi'.

Tamil actors Khushboo, Reema Sen and Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty also faced similar petitions in the past. Kumar said his petition was dismissed by the magistrate stating that Sushmita was not important and only the 'Dina Thanthi' editor was the main witness for the publication on November 7, 2006. The actress had given her opinion knowing fully well that it would be published and telecast.

"Her interview is demoralising the moral fabric of India."

Praying for setting aside the magistrate's order dismissing his writ petition, Kumar requested the court to direct the magistrate to issue summons to Sushmitha, and the editor of 'Dina Thanthi'. (Agencies)

Published: Thursday, December 20, 2007