Malayalam actress assault case: Dileep's bail plea quashed, actor sent to two-day police custody
A court in Angamaly on Wednesday quashed Malyalam actor Dileep's bail plea and remanded him in two-day police custody in connection with the abduction and assault of a Malayalam actress in February, according to media reports.
Police had requested that the court grant them custody of the actor for three days in order to further question him and gather evidence. However, the court sent the actor to police custody for two days, The Indian Express reported.
The 48-year-old actor, charged with conspiracy, was remanded to 14-day judicial custody by a court in Angamaly on Tuesday. Dileep was then shifted to a jail in Aluva, which is also his hometown. The actor has pleaded not guilty, maintaining that he was ‘trapped’.
Noted lawyer K Ramkumar, who appeared for Dileep, said the actor was charged under Section 120(B) (conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code. Police said there was no instruction from the magistrate to provide any special facilities to Dileep in jail.
Dileep was arrested on Monday evening on charges of criminal conspiracy in the abduction and assault of the actress, who has worked in Tamil and Telugu films. She was allegedly abducted and molested inside her car for two hours by the accused, who forced their way into her vehicle on the night of 17 February and later escaped in a busy Kochi area.
Dileep's arrest came after police questioned him and his director friend Nadirshah on 29 June and on Monday in view of certain revelations by prime accused Pulsar Suni. Police said the actor had been arrested based on evidence gathered.
Meanwhile, the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) held an emergency executive meeting and removed Dileep from its primary membership after the news of his arrest broke. Dileep was the treasurer of the AMMA, which had also pledged its support to the actress, Malayalam superstar Mammootty told reporters.
Dileep had been expelled from a number of organisations, including FEFKA Directors' Union, another key body in Malayalam cinema.
Mammootty, who attended the AMMA meeting, said the organisation stood by the victim and would continue to extend all support to her in her fight for justice. "We are always with our sister. We have extended our support to her from the very beginning itself. We will stand by the victim," he said.
Mammootty and superstar Mohanlal had faced flak for their "silence" over the issue during a press conference of AMMA recently.
The sacking of Dileep also came as embarrassment for the ruling Left Democratic Front, whose Lok Sabha member and AMMA's president Innocent and two actor-turned MLAs, Mukesh and KB Ganeshkumar, publicly defended the actor last week.
The AMMA meeting also condemned alleged derogatory comments made against the actress by some actors.
With inputs from PTI