YouTuber ‘Savukku’ Shankar detained under Goondas Act by Tamil Nadu police

Goondas Act on Savukku Shankar comes a day after YouTuber Felix Gerald was arrested by Tamil Nadu police from Delhi

BySouth First Desk

Published May 12, 2024 | 5:27 PMUpdatedMay 12, 2024 | 5:36 PM

Goondas Act on YouTuber 'Savukku' Shankar

YouTuber ‘Savukku’ Shankar, currently lodged in the Coimbatore Central prison, was on Sunday, 12 May detained under the Goondas Act, Chennai city police said.

The detention order under the Goondas Act was served on Shankar based on the orders of the Commissioner of Police, Greater Chennai, Sandeep Rai Rathore.

‘Savukku’ Shankar was arrested on 4 May based on allegations that he made derogatory remarks against women police personnel during a recent YouTube interview. However, a few days after his arrest, his mother A Kamala moved the Madras High Court with allegations that her son was facing custodial torture. Subsequently, the Coimbatore District Legal Services Authority was asked to submit a report on his health condition.

Known for his commentary on political matters and fierce criticism of the ruling DMK government, he was initially sentenced to six months of imprisonment on 15 September 2023 for objectionable remarks against the higher judiciary and the judge. However, the Supreme Court on 12 November suspended his sentence while directing him not to make any comments or videos on court proceedings.

Cases against ‘Savukku’ Shankar

Savukku has several cases pending against him dating back a few years including those under Sections 294(b), 509, and 353 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Additionally, he is accused under Section 4 of the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Woman Act and Section 67 of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

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A former employee of the state vigilance and anti-corruption department, Shankar’s rise to fame was in 2008 after he shared audio recordings that allegedly revealed illicit wiretapping activities conducted by law enforcement agencies in the state.

Meanwhile, in connection to the cases against Shankar, Tamil Nadu police arrested another YouTuber, Gerald Felix on 11 May. Felix is the second accused in one of the cases against Shankar, allegedly for instigating him into making derogatory statements against women police personnel in an interview with him on his channel.

Related: YouTuber Gerald Felix arrested by Tamil Nadu police in ‘Savukku’ Shankar case

(Edited by Neena with PTI inputs)