The Angamaly Judicial First Class Magistrate Court on Wednesday rejected Malayalam actor Dileep’s bail plea and remanded him to police custody for two days. Dileep was arrested in connection with the alleged abduction and sexual assault of a co-star. He is now likely to move the Kerala High Court, reported India Today.

His lawyer, K Ramkumar, claimed the actor had been framed in the case. “The police are investigating the case based on the accusations made by a man who is an accused himself,” he told Ramkumar. “...They don’t have any conclusive proof to show that the actor was involved in the crime. The only allegation is that he was part of the conspiracy.”

Dileep was arrested after the police found a photograph of key suspect Pulsar Suni from one of his shooting locations. It is alleged that Dileep and director Nadirshah had hired Pulsar Suni – the actress’ driver who had been sacked – and others to carry out the crime. The two are believed to have had a tiff with the female actor over some business deals years ago, after which they hatched the conspiracy.

The incident took place on February 17. A group of men had allegedly waylaid the woman’s vehicle in Athani, Angamaly, in Kerala’s Ernakulam district. They then took photos of her as they harassed her and fled with the car when they reached Palarivattom.