2017 actor assault: Kerala HC rejects survivor’s plea to transfer case

A petition filed by the survivor in the 2017 actor assault case to transfer the matter back to the Special Court was rejected by the Kerala HC on Thursday. The HC said the case was moved to the trial court and that it could not be overruled by administrative order.

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The Kerala HC has rejected the survivor's plea to transfer the 2017 actor assault case back to the Special Court. (File photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A plea by the survivor in the 2017 actor assault case was rejected by the Kerala HC
  • The survivor, in her plea, asked for the case to be transferred back to the Special Court
  • She claimed that the trail judge had close ties with the accused and that she would not get justice

The Kerala High Court dismissed a petition moved by the survivor in the 2017 actor abduction and sexual assault case seeking transfer of the case back to the Special Court from the District and Sessions Court.

The Court said that the case was moved to the trial court based on Kerala HC's orders and that it could not be overruled through an administrative order.

The single bench of Justice Ziyad Rahman rejected the survivor’s plea in which she had alleged that Dileep and the eight accused in the case had close ties with the trial judge, Honey M Varghese and her husband. She remarked in the petition that she would receive no justice and had lost faith in the trial judge.

2017 KERALA ACTOR ASSAULT CASE

On February 17, 2017, a Kerala actress was kidnapped and sexually assaulted in a moving car near Kochi. Five men had abducted her and filmed the assault to blackmail her. Two hours after the incident, she approached actor-director Lal, who insisted that she file a case. The survivor identified Pulsar Suni as one of the accused.

A few months after the allegation, it was discovered that actor Dileep was also involved in the assault. The investigation into the matter took a turn when Pulsar Suni's letter, which was allegedly written to Dileep, began to go viral on social media.

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The team investigating the allegation, in June 2017, questioned Dileep and his friend, director Nadirsha, for 13 hours. He was arrested on June 19 and kept in the Aluva sub-jail. Despite his bail plea being rejected multiple times, he finally got bail on October 3, 2017.

The investigation team, in the 650-page charge sheet, named Dileep as the eighth accused.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

When the trial was nearing its end in December 2021, a statement by director Balachandrakumar, Dileep's former friend, came as a turning point. He stated that Dileep was in possession of the assault visuals even before it was shown to him in the Magistrate's court.

Further, released audio clips in which Dileep and his men allegedly planned to attack were released to police officials by Balachandrakumar.

A fresh FIR was registered based on the audio clips released by the director and raids were conducted at Dileep's house in Aluva. Dileep's brother, Anoop, and brother-in-law Sooraj were named as the second and third accused.

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