Kerala HC Denies Bail to Malayalam Actor Dileep in Abduction Case
The court said Malayalam actor Dileep is influential and is likely to tamper with the evidence if bail is granted at this stage.
File photo of Malayalam actor Dileep.
Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Monday rejected the bail plea of popular Malayalam actor Dileep, arrested for allegedly plotting the February 17 abduction and assault of a popular South Indian actress in Kochi.
Dismissing the bail application, Justice Sunil Thomas said the investigation in the case is progressing and the case is unique, considering its seriousness, meticulous planning, cruel nature of execution and the way the crime was executed.
The court also said that another major reason for rejection of bail is that the crucial material object which is the mobile phone used for recording the sexual assault and the memory card have not been recovered.
The investigation against the accused is into the conspiracy behind the case and it cannot be proved by direct evidence, the court observed.
The court order also said that accused is a noted film actor and given bail the possibility of the him influencing or threatening the several witnesses, who are also from the same industry, cannot be ruled out.
The actor, arrested on July 10, moved the high court for bail after an Angamaly magisterial court refused to grant him the relief and sent him to judicial custody till July 25.
The High Court had reserved its orders on his bail plea in the case, on July 20.
Dileep, charged under various sections of the IPC, including for hatching criminal conspiracy for abduction and assault of the actress in a moving car on February 17, is currently lodged in a jail in his home town Aluva.
The police have claimed that the conspiracy to abduct and assault the actress and film the act was hatched by Dileep and Pulsar Suni, the prime accused in the case.
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