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Malayalam film director Shrikumar Menon arrested on actress’

V.A. Shrikumar Menon. File

V.A. Shrikumar Menon. File   | Photo Credit: S. Mahinsha

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Thrissur Malayalam film director Shrikumar Menon was arrested on December 5 for alleged intimidation and defaming of popular actor Manju Warrier on social media, the police said. He was later released on bail on two solvent sureties, they said.

The police had registered a case against him in October on a complaint lodged by the actor for allegedly threatening and defaming her on social media.

She on October 22 met Kerala police chief Loknath Behera and filed the complaint.

The case was registered against him under various Indian Penal Code sections including 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman).

Mr. Menon, who had helmed the advertisements of several popular brands with Ms. Warrier in the lead role, on Thursday said he would fully cooperate with police in the investigation.

“I have explained muy stand to police and my statement has been recorded,” he told reporters.

He entered the film world last year by directing the Mohanlal-Manju Warrier starrer “Odiyan”, which failed to take off at the box-office.

The actress has also sent a letter to the Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA) about her police complaint against Mr. Menon and sought its support.

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