Dileep's troubles deepen; actor now focus of investigation into peer Kalabhavan Mani's death?
Even as the Kerala Police deepens its probe into Dileep's alleged involvement in the abduction and assault of a popular Malayalam film actress in February 2017, the troubled star's cup of woes is running over.
Dileep's financial dealings and real estate investments are also being scrutinised as investigators look into whether or not these were legal and above board.
The latest update is that the actor is reportedly under the scanner in the investigation of the March 2016 death of his colleague, Kalabhavan Mani.
Local press reported that Dileep was being investigated at the behest of Mani's brother RVR Ramakrishnan. Ramakrishnan told the CBI that Dileep and Mani were involved in a land deal. He further alleged that Dileep had not cooperated with the investigation into Mani's death.
The CBI had launched a probe into the death of Kalabhavan Mani in May 2017, after a year of frequent demands from the family of deceased actor and with the intervention of the Kerala High Court.
The Thiruvananthapuram unit of the CBI had been entrusted with the investigation, and after collecting the case documents from the Kerala police, the CBI had registered Mani's demise as a case of unnatural death.
Kalabhavan Mani, 45, who acted in 200 films in Malayalam and other languages, died two days after being admitted to a hospital in Kochi on 4 March 2016. He was reportedly suffering from a liver ailment.
However, after his death, hospital authorities reported the presence of a chemical in the body, leading to speculation that Mani may not have died a natural death. Forensic experts also said an insecticide (chlorpyrifos) was found in the actor's body.
The investigation has not yielded any results so far. Meanwhile, Mani's family members has been continuing their fight to find out the 'real cause' of the actor's death.
— With inputs from IANS