Actress attack case: No relief for Dileep, actor to remain in police custody

The Judicial First Class Magistrate Court in Angamaly on Friday extended the custody period of Malayalam actor Dileep, who was arrested in connection with the actress attack case. The actor was produced before the court Friday morning as his 48-hour custody period ended at 11 am. His custody period was extended till 5.00 pm Saturday. The court will consider the bail plea only Saturday afternoon. Dileep is accused of hiring a group of thugs to torment the young Malayalam actress and videotape her suffering. The police arrested Dileep on Monday for plotting the February 17 attack.

“If there are witnesses, why is the prosecution looking for an approver?” Dileep’s counsel asked reporters ahead of the hearing. The police opposed the application citing the influence the actor wields in society. The police appealed to the court to extend Dileep’s custody for gathering evidence. The prosecution lawyer exuded confidence, said that the police had the required evidence.

The police plan to interrogate each of the witnesses who tried to cover up Dileep’s role in the case. Dileep was taken to various places in Ernakulam and Thrissur district over the past two days in a bid to retrace the course of the conspiracy to attack the actress. He was subjected to another round of interrogation at the Aluva Police Club after the collection of evidence.

The police had arrested prime accused Pulsar Suni, who had worked as a driver of many film personalities, six days after the incident. Suni eventually led the investigators to actor Dileep, who is suspected to have planned the attack on the actress to settle scores. The duo started plotting the attack as early as 2013.

Dileep had undergone a marathon 13-hour grilling at the Aluva police club days ahead of his arrest. The actor had approached the police saying that the prime accused tried to blackmail him from jail.

Things went awry for Dileep after the police found discrepancies in his statements. The police said that they would record the statements of Kavya, her mother Shyamala, director Lal and P.T. Thomas, MLA, before they wind up the investigation. However, it was not known whether the police questioned Kavya and her mother.



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