Malayalam actor Dileep, who is accused of plotting an actress’ abduction and assault, on Wednesday approached the Kerala High Court seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry into the case, IANS reported. The petition is likely to be heard on Thursday.
Pulsar Suni is the main accused while five others, including Dileep, are named in the supplementary chargesheet filed by the Special Investigation Team looking into the case.
The actor alleged that he was being framed in the case and that the investigation conducted by the Kerala Police was biased. Dileep said a just trial cannot be conducted based on the Kerala Police’s investigation, The News Minute reported.
The prosecution said that they will tell the court that an accused in a case has no right to decide the nature and scope of the investigation, IANS reported. The prosecution has alleged that it is was a ploy to delay the trial.
In March, an Ernakulam court allowed Dileep access to documents in connection with the case, including the complainant’s medical papers. The woman 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.
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.
According to the chargesheet, there is circumstantial evidence that Dileep 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.