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Molestation accused school official surrenders in court

Chennai, July 2 (Calcutta Tube) Kodaikanal Public School correspondent (official) M.L. Bright, absconding since a class nine girl student filed a sexual harassment complaint against him last month, surrendered in court Friday, police said.

Bright surrendered in a Srivilliputure magistrate’s court in Tamil Nadu’s Dindigul district and was sent to jail, a police official said.

Bright has filed an anticipatory bail petition before the Madras High Court and it will come up for hearing Monday.

Earlier, the school principal was arrested for being an accomplice to Bright.

‘Sheeba Paul, 36, was arrested Thursday afternoon at Kodaikanal (520 km from here) and was remanded to custody. She has been lodged in Nilakottai sub-jail,’ a police official told IANS over phone.

Bright, 73, has been on the run ever since the guardian of the student lodged a complaint of sexual harassment against him last month

Seventeen girl students were staying at the hostel where Bright also stayed, police said. Bright’s passport has been impounded.

The school authorities, including Paul, have been maintaining that the complaint was false and the girl was instigated by her guardian to make it.

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