KOCHI: The Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) on Tuesday expelled actor Dileep from the primary membership of the body, a day after he was arrested for the abduction and sexual assault of an actress in February.
The decision was announced by AMMA general secretary Mammootty after an executive committee meeting with available members at his residence in Panampilly Nagar here. "Now that he has been charged with conspiracy and has been arrested and sent to jail, we have decided to cancel Dileep's primary membership. We would like to assert that we are with our sister and we have always been so," said Mammootty.
Following the move, Dileep loses his position as secretary of AMMA.
AMMA has released a statement following the action -
The meeting was attended by AMMA vice president and actor Mohanlal, secretary Idavela Babu, committee members, including Devan, Prithviraj, Asif Ali, Kalabhavan Shajon and Remya Nambeesan.
AMMA president Innocent was not able to attend the meeting as he has been hospitalised.
Regarding queries on Innocent being ousted as AMMA president, Mammootty said all these issues needed to be discussed later. "We will soon hold another executive meeting to discuss the issue further. At this point, we want to declare our solidarity with the victim. We all are supporting her," the actor added.
On June 29th, some members of AMMA had heated exchanges with the media during the general body meeting. Dileep was 'alleged' to have involvement in the case then, though there was no solid evidence against him.
Public anger against the actor has been rising day by day- more after prominent members of the actor's body refused to publicly condemn the actor or the act.