Thursday, 30 June 2022

Actress assault: Kerala high court rejects actor Dileep’s bail plea


KOCHI: The Kerala high court on Monday dismissed the bail plea of popular Malayalam actor Dileep. He is accused of giving ‘quotation’ (contract) for the abduction and sexual assault of a young actress.

Prosecution had argued that Dileep was the kingpin whereas defence had tried to reason that there is no evidence to connect the actor to the crime.

Director general of prosecution (DGP) Manjeri Sreedharan Nair had opposed the bail plea in court by listing out the material evidences against the actor and had argued that it was Dileep who gave the ‘quotation’ (contract) to commit the rape and record its video.

Terming such ‘quotation’ as unparalleled in history, the DGP had submitted, “It was for the first time in the history of criminal law a quotation had been given for committing rape. Dileep’s name will be written in the history books if he is convicted in the case as his act is a rare incident.”

On the other hand, Dileep’s counsel had contended that police arrested Dileep on conspiracy charges without any evidence linking him to the crime. Police has arrested him solely on the basis of the statement given by Sunil Kumar alias ‘Pulsar’ Suni, a notorious criminal. Police could not find anything to connect Dileep to the crime despite questioning him for many hours, the counsel had argued.

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This was opposed by the prosecution by stating that the special investigation team (SIT) collected sufficient materials and evidence to prove Dileep’s involvement in the crime. Statements of various witnesses and details of phone call records corroborate the role of Dileep, prosecution had submitted.

Prosecution had also submitted that Dileep had met ‘Pulsar’ Suni at least four times at different places and Rs10,000 was given as advance for committing the crime. During the same time period, Rs1 lakh was deposited to Suni’s account by an unnamed person, the court was told.

Questioning the prosecution’s story, Dileep’s counsel had submitted that meeting of two persons cannot be termed a conspiracy unless there is meeting of minds. Suni was a regular visitor at shooting locations and a photo showing Dileep standing with Suni cannot be proof for conspiracy. Even if the allegation that Dileep and Suni met at several places is accepted, there is nothing to prove what was the reason for the meetings or what was the topic of the conversations. In short, police has no direct evidence connecting Dileep to the crime, the counsel had pointed out.

Dileep’s counsel had also questioned why the actress didn’t mention any word about his alleged involvement in the crime despite knowing him for many years. The arrest is only intended to humiliate Dileep and spoil his career. Taking a dig at the lower court’s comment that denying bail to Dileep is a message to the society, his counsel had argued that it is not denial of bail but a rightful conviction that will be a message to the society.

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