STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Kerala actor abduction case: Prosecution seeks more time to resume trial as it has moved SC

The trial has been stalled since October after the prosecution alleged that the Additional Special Sessions Court is biased and raised apprehensions that justice will be denied to the victim

Published: 02nd December 2020 02:03 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd December 2020 02:03 PM   |  A+A-

Actor Dileep is an accused in the abduction case | Arun Angela

By Express News Service

KOCHI: After the Kerala High Court dismissed the plea to transfer the trial court in the sensational actor abduction case involving actor Dileep, the prosecution on Wednesday sought more time to resume the trial saying it has approached the Supreme Court challenging the HC decision.

The prosecution submitted this when the case was considered at the Additional Special Sessions Court which conducts the trial.

Additional District Government Pleader TA George Joseph appeared for the prosecution. He submitted that more time is required for resuming the trial as the prosecution filed Special Leave Petition No 10637/2020 at the Supreme Court on Tuesday against the Kerala High Court order.

Similarly, he said he has not gone through the case file to appear for the prosecution. He said attempts are being made to appoint a Special Public Prosecutor to appear for the prosecution side in the case. He requested the court to post the case to December 23.

The counsel for actor Dileep opposed the submission, saying the trial will be delayed if the case is adjourned further. The court citing the Supreme Court direction to complete the trial on or before February 4, 2021 decided to post the case on December 9. The court directed the prosecution to take all steps to resume the trial soon.

Earlier, the prosecution had requested the Kerala High Court to stay the trial as it will move the SC against the decision not to transfer the trial court. However, the Kerala High Court ruled out the request and directed the Additional Special Sessions court to commence the trial soon.

The trial has been stalled since October after the prosecution alleged that the Additional Special Sessions Court is biased and raised apprehensions that justice will be denied to the victim. The Special Public Prosecutor A Sureshan resigned claiming the court made unwanted remarks during the trial. Around 50 witnesses including some leading film stars were examined as witnesses till now.

The related case was registered in February 2017 after a leading actor on her way to Kochi was abducted and raped in a moving car. There are 10 accused persons in the case. Actor Dileep is the eighth accused and facing trial as the main conspirator behind the incident. He was arrested and remained in judicial custody for 85 days before being granted bail.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp