Dileep arrested: Actor's manager absconding; wife Kavya Madhavan might be questioned
In the most recent developments in the case of Malayalam actor Dileep's arrest, the police — in a report to the court — has alleged that Dileep wanted 'revenge' as he held the Malayalam actress responsible for his first marriage with wife Manju Warrier falling apart.
Police sources are said to be investigating the allegation that Dileep had offered a sum of Rs 1.5 cr back in 2013 to attack and assault the actress along with getting the assault recorded on camera. He also allegedly wanted nude photographs of the actress clicked, according to an NDTV report.
It is also now being said that Appunni, Dileep's manager-cum-driver (along with being a suspect in the case) has gone underground and is reportedly missing. The police have reportedly been trying to contact Appunni for the past two days. He was supposed to show up for interrogation before the police team on Tuesday morning, however the police didn't hear any news regarding him till Wednesday evening. "His mobile phone is switched off; he is not there in any of the places he is supposed to be in," said a senior police officer according to a report by the Times Of India.
Local television channels are also reporting that Dileep's wife, Kavya Madhavan, along with his mother, will also be pulled in for questioning.
With Dileep's arrest, the probe team on the case will reportedly shift their focus on actor and director Nadirsha, and the advocate Pratheesh Chacko, as their stories have not corroborated since the very start of the case. The two are believed to have direct involvement in the case, and due to their contradictory statements since the beginning of the entire probe, the two will reportedly be questioned in great detail.
"Investigation has only begun. Some evidences are there but since there are many other aspects that need examination as far as conspiracy is concerned, in-depth investigation will have to be undertaken," said State police chief Loknath Behera according to the same Times of India report.
The Malayalam superstar was reportedly booed as he arrived at the courthouse in a police van from the jail he is has been lodged in Aluva (the actor's hometown, around 25 kilometers from Kochi).
The 48-year-old actor, charged with conspiracy, was remanded to 14-day judicial custody by a court in Angamaly on Tuesday. The actor has pleaded not guilty, maintaining that he was ‘trapped’. 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. 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.
Six people were arrested earlier this year, including the main accused 'Pulsar', who was a driver that the Malayalam actress had sacked and the man that the police allege Dileep had contracted to attack her.
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.