Malayalam actress abduction: Dileep's bail plea posted for Thursday; HC remands him in judicial custody
By Express News Service | Published: 17th July 2017 03:11 PM |
KOCHI: The bail petition moved by actor Dileep has been posted for Thursday by the Kerala High Court after it accepted the prosecution's request for time to submit more proofs against the actor in the Malayalam actress abduction and sexual assault case.
The High Court, which heard the matter on Monday afternoon, rejected the request of Dileep's lawyer to consider the petition on that day itself.
Dileep, the 11th accused in the case, filed the bail plea on Monday morning before the High Court after a lower court rejected his plea on Saturday.
The 48-year-old film distributor, producer and theater owner, has pleaded innocence, maintaining that he has been falsely implicated in the case. “I am absolutely innocent and had already cooperated with the investigation team,” said the bail petition, moved in the High Court.
The bail plea for Dileep said the procedure mandated in “section 319 of CrPC was not followed. "The arrest was without any evidence and without taking any permission from the court. Hence he should be released on bail,” it said.
The petition said a police team led by ADGP B Sandhya questioned the actor for more than 11 hours on June 29 and he had disclosed all that he knew including the fact that he had never met Pulsar Suni.
It further said Dileep being a popular actor was not likely to flee and he would not influence any witnesses. It also said that if his detention continued his career in the film industry will suffer an irreparable loss.
However the prosecution opposing the bail plea said if he was released on bail Dileep might humiliate the actress and might obstruct her from doing her job.
They also stated that if Dileep, who is involved in a crime that shook the public conscience, was released on bail it would be a bad message to society.
The prosecution said the mobile phone used to film the crime was handed over to Dileep and a subsequent dispute over remuneration resulted in blackmail and arrest of the actor.
The actor faces charges of criminal conspiracy in the kidnapping, sexual assault and destruction of evidence.
The Malayalam actress was abducted and assaulted in a moving car on the night of February 17 in Kochi when she was travelling from her home in Thrissur to her friend’s place in Kochi. Police arrested Pulsar Suni, the actress' former driver, who committed the dastardly act on the actress, on February 23.
Dileep was arrested under sections 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement), 366 (kidnapping), 376 (d) (a woman is raped by one or more persons constituting a group or acting in furtherance of a common intention), 411(dishonestly receiving stolen property), 506 (i), 201 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 212 (harbouring offender) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of IPC and 66 (E) and 67 (A) of IT Act.