Malayalam actress' assault: Kavya Madhavan's office raided by cops in connection with case?
The Kerala Police's investigation into the abduction and assault of a top Malayalam actress grows ever-more complicated.
Now, actress Kavya Madhavan's office in Kochi has been raided by the police, on 1 July — allegedly in connection with the case, The News Minute reported. The raid, which began at 11 am on Saturday, continued until 2 pm. The police has not issued a statement regarding the raid on Madhavan's property (the office for her e-commerce venture Laksyah).
Madhavan is married to actor Dileep, who is also part of the police's investigation into the assault of the Malayalam actress.
The Malayalam actress' car was hijacked by a group of men in the last week of February 2017. She was reportedly held hostage and driven around Kochi, while the men harassed and took photos of her, before she was finally released by a traffic junction. The main accused in the case — Pulsar Suni — was soon apprehended by the police.
Four months after the incident, the case has taken an even murkier turn, with Dileep and filmmaker Nadirshah being grilled by the police regarding the attack on the actress after an audio clip — purportedly of a conversation between the actor's manager and Pulsar Suni, in which the latter is heard asking for money to ensure Dileep's name is not mentioned during the investigations — was widely aired by Malayalam channels. Dileep, meanwhile, said that he had filed a police complaint about being 'blackmailed' by an associate of Suni's.
The raid on Kavya Madhavan's office comes amid reports that Pulsar Suni visited it on two occasions just before he went into hiding to escape the police's investigation of the Malayalam actress' case. Those reports also say that Suni claimed to have kept a memory card containing images of the actress' assault at the office premises.
The actress who was attacked is believed to be close to Dileep's former wife, Manju Warrier, and there were rumours that she had been nearly forced out of the industry due to her proximity with Warrier.
Dileep and Kavya Madhavan tied the knot in November 2016, at a private ceremony. Dileep's marriage with Manju Warrier had ended in 2015, after nearly 17 years. Madhavan was also briefly married to entrepreneur Nishal Chandra, from 2009-2010.