KOCHI: The entire state was shocked when the news of abduction and sexual assault of a popular actor hit the headlines.
When the victim was produced at the Kalamassery Judicial First Class Magistrate Court at 6.30pm on Saturday for recording her statement, hundreds of people gathered on the court premises.
The proceedings lasted for more than one hour. The investigators said procedures for recording the statement were expedited, considering a recent Supreme Court order. As per the guidelines, on the commission of the offence of rape by the accused, the victim should be presented before a Judicial Magistrate for recording statement. As far as possible, the investigating officer should take the victim to a lady Magistrate. “In such cases, permission of the
Chief Judicial Magistrate Court is not required for recording the victim’s statement,” said a police officer. The statement was recorded in-camera. When the procedure was completed, security was beefed up on the court premises as people had gathered around the victim’s car.
Meanwhile, the tempo in which the accused travelled was found abandoned at Thammanam.
On Saturday, the victim was taken to Kalamassery Medical College for medical examination.