AMMA Executive meet: Youth brigade turns up heat

The strong stance adopted by Mollywood youth brigade at the AMMA executive meeting held at actor Mammootty’s residence here on Tuesday morning proved decisive in Dileep’s expulsion.

Published: 12th July 2017 10:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th July 2017 10:31 AM   |  A+A-

AMMA general secretary Mammootty speaking to reporters after AMMA meeting in Kochi on Tuesday | K Shijith

By Express News Service

KOCHI: The strong stance adopted by Mollywood youth brigade at the AMMA executive meeting held at actor Mammootty’s residence here on Tuesday morning proved decisive in Dileep’s expulsion from the organisation. Dileep had been treasurer of AMMA.The meeting, convened barely 24 hours after the disgraced actor was remanded in judicial custody, was attended by actors Prithviraj, Asif Ali and Remya Nambeesan.

It is believed  the AMMA brass led by senior actors Mammootty, Mohanlal and Mukesh had no option but to fall in line with the junior stars’ stern demand for Dileep’s ouster. Though the senior members tried to reason out with their junior colleagues saying it is not easy to expel an office-bearer in a jiffy, it did not cut ice with the latter. The trio demanded Dileep should first be expelled before looking into the nitty-gritty of AMMA’s bylaws.

Youth Congress and KSU activists holding pictures of actor-turned-politicians Mukesh and Innocent protesting in front of the residence of Mammootty in Kochi (EPS| K Shijith)

Also, Prithviraj’s threat to come out with his stance on the issue turned up the heat on the AMMA brass.  

“If it is not considered at the meeting, I will tell it openly,” he said.Following the executive meeting which resulted in Dileep’s expulsion, Asif Ali told reporters no member had opposed the decision to oust Dileep at the meeting. “It was a unanimous decision,” he said.

Actor Remya Nambeesan said she was fully satisfied with the decision. “We raised the issue in connection with the actor’s abduction at the last AMMA general body. We were not satisfied with the earlier stance of AMMA,” said Remya who is a member of the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC). Prithviraj told reporters he did not know whether there are criminals in Mollywood. “However, just because someone is being questioned by police, it can’t be assumed he is indeed the perpetrator,” he said. 

Will have to further question the accused: Govt to HC
In the wake of recent developments in the actor abduction and assault case, the accused in jail may have to be subjected to further questioning, the state government informed the Kerala High Court. The prosecution made the submission on a petition filed by Manikantan, an accused in the case. The petitioner argued the continued detention of the accused is not needed. The investigation in the case was over and the police had filed a chargesheet. Opposing the plea, the petitioner said giving bail to the accused would affect the course of investigation. The court sought time to produce the case diary and the court posted the case for next week.

‘Welcome to Central Jail’

Hearing the news the actor would be produced before the magistrate, a large number of people had thronged the premises of the magistrate’s residence near Vengoor and on the Aluva Sub Jail premises.  The crowd booed at Dileep, who used to be hailed as ‘janapriya nayakan’ (popular hero). A few of them raised the slogan ‘Welcome to Central Jail’, ironically the name of a Dileep-starrer. “I have no fear as I have not committed any crime,” Dileep told mediapersons while being taken to the residence of the magistrate. 

Mukesh does a U-turn, hails cops’ action

Mukesh MLA on Tuesday said Dileep’s arrest in the case showed the LDF Government’s political will to bring the guilty to justice irrespective of their social stature.  Terming his outburst at the presser which followed the AMMA general body meeting ‘immature’, Mukesh said he was deeply shocked by the disclosures indicating Dileep’s alleged involvement in the case. The police investigation so far has been quite satisfactory, he said.  


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