Malayalam actress assault case: Actor Dileep files 'blackmail' complaint against main accused

The audio clip was aired by Malayalam TV channels a day after Dileep disclosed he has filed a police complaint on 20 April alleging blackmail.

PTI June 26, 2017 09:39:24 IST
Malayalam actress assault case: Actor Dileep files 'blackmail' complaint against main accused

Kochi: An audio recording of a purported telephonic talk by the main accused in the sensational abduction and assault of a South Indian actress 'blackmailing' Malayalam actor Dileep through his aide surfaced today.

The audio clip was aired by Malayalam TV channels a day after the actor disclosed he has filed a police complaint on 20 April alleging blackmail by a man, who claimed to be a friend of Pulsar Suni, the prime accused in the case.

Malayalam actress assault case Actor Dileep files blackmail complaint against main accused

Malayalam actor Dileep. Image from Facebook

In the audio, Suni, currently lodged in the Ernakulam District jail near Kochi, purportedly told Dileep's manager that money should be given if the actor's name should not be dragged in the case.

Incidentally, this conversation was alleged to have taken place before 20 April when Dileep had filed the police complaint along with evidences of blackmailing based on the telephonic talk of one Vishnu, who claimed himself to be Suni's friend, with his friend and film director Nadirshah.

Vishnu had allegedly demanded a huge sum of money from the actor. Police remained tight-lipped about the 'blackmail' audio.

When contacted, a top police officer dismissed as speculation media reports that the police did not take much interest in investigating into Dileep's complaint alleging blackmail.

"We have been on job since the actor lodged the complaint. It got public attention now only after the media came to know about it two days ago", the official, who declined to be named, told PTI.

The official evaded a direct answer to a question whether Vishnu has been taken into custody for interrogation.

"All those who are connected with the case were interrogated", the official said.

Nadirshah had said Vishnu claimed to have shared a cell with Suni in jail, and told him that some people in the Malayalam film world have offered to give money to Suni if he implicated Dileep in the abduction of the actress on 17 February.

The revelation came in the wake of media reports that the police is planning to reopen the abduction and assault case.

Dileep had earlier slammed a section of the media for "targeting" him in connection with the alleged abduction and harassment of the actress by a gang of men.

Dileep, who recently got married to Malayalam actress Kavya Madhavan, had said he did not have any contact, directly or indirectly, with any of the accused involved in the "heinous crime."

Six persons, including 'Pulsar' Suni, Martin and Vigeesh were arrested by police in connection with the incident in which the actress was abducted and allegedly molested inside her car for two hours by the accused, who had forced their way into the vehicle and later escaped in a busy area in Kochi.

Updated Date:

also read

Dulquer Salmaan concludes shooting Salute; First look of Dhanush's Maaran out: A round-up of film and TV announcements
Entertainment

Dulquer Salmaan concludes shooting Salute; First look of Dhanush's Maaran out: A round-up of film and TV announcements

Dulquer Salmaan will be seen as a cop in Rosshan Andrrews-directed Malayalam film Salute, which also stars Diana Penty.

Malayalam thespian KTS Padannayil passes away; Pinarayi Vijayan says actor 'reflected realities of life on screen'
Entertainment

Malayalam thespian KTS Padannayil passes away; Pinarayi Vijayan says actor 'reflected realities of life on screen'

Beginning his acting career as a theatre artist in 1956, KTS Padannayil became active in Malayalam movies in the 1990s.