Thiruvananthapuram: After actor Dileep took the police to task for claiming that he delayed filing a complaint against actress attack prime accused Pulsar Suni, who allegedly tried to blackmail him, Kerala police chief Loknath Behera has come out defending the cops.
“Both versions of Dileep and cops on the issue are right. The case is under the court's consideration and to talk about it now would amount to contempt of court. However, will file an affidavit in High Court detailing the incident," Behera told Manorama.
The actor, in a petition filed to the Kerala High Court, had claimed that he had forwarded a copy of the letter Suni had sent to him from the jail, to Behera, via WhatsApp, the very same day he received it. But the prosecution argument is that Dileep took 20 days to file his complaint even after getting Suni's letter demanding money.
“Dileep was already under the police scanner after the February 17 attack. If the cops were to receive any complaint from a person who is a suspect, they need to investigate more. The police did only that," Behera said, adding that he did not want to elaborate.
In a surprise move, the special investigation team probing the attack on the actress arrested Dileep on the night of July 10. The arrest and the reports that Dileep masterminded the attack left the film fraternity in shock and disbelief.
The actor had moved the Kerala HC for bail again Thursday.
In his petition Dileep had also challenged the police version that he and Suni conspired to attack the actress in a hotel in Kochi during the rehearsal of a star night organized by the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) in 2013. Suni might have been around there in the hotel. But Dileep reiterated that Suni was a total stranger to him. During the star night rehearsal, Dileep had stayed in Hotel Abad Plaza in Kochi.
The bail petition also alleged that some powerful persons from the film industry conspired against him. They managed to influence the media, a section of police officials and political leaders, it is alleged. The actor also said in the petition that he had fully cooperated with the investigators.