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Malayalam actor’s abduction, assault: Kerala court allows Dileep access to all case documents

The complainant has asked for a female judge to conduct the trial proceedings.

A court in Kerala’s Ernakulam district on Wednesday said that Malayalam actor Dileep, who is an accused in the alleged abduction and assault of an actress in 2017, should be allowed access to documents in connection with the case, including the complainant’s medical papers, ANI reported.

Key suspect Pulsar Suni is the main accused while five individuals, including Dileep, were named in the supplementary chargesheet filed by the Special Investigation Team looking into the case. Dileep is accused of plotting the attack.

Dileep had moved the court demanding access to the visuals of the alleged assault on the actress in a moving car in February 2017, Manorama reported. However, the court rejected his plea, saying that only the Kerala High Court can decide whether a copy of the visuals can be given to the accused or not.

The complainant has filed a petition asking for a special court with a female judge to conduct the trial in the case. She has also asked for the court proceedings to be held in-camera.

The case

In February 2017, a group of men allegedly waylaid the woman’s vehicle in Ernakulam’s Angamaly. The men allegedly held her hostage for over two hours in the moving vehicle while they assaulted her and took photographs of her.

Reports said that Dileep, who was arrested in July, had planned the attack on the actress as payback for a personal grudge. He was granted bail on October 3.

According to the chargesheet, there is circumstantial evidence that Dileep had conspired with Suni to abduct and sexually assault the actress. He has reportedly been booked under 17 sections of the Indian Penal Code.

Dileep’s ex-wife Manju Warrier and current wife Kavya Madhavan are among the 355 witnesses in the case.

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