Kochi: The special investigation team probing the February 17 actress attack case has got more leads on the elusive mobile phone that was purportedly used to shoot the obscene images of the victim.
Charlie, who helped prime accused Sunil Kumar (Pulsar Suni) go into hiding after the sensational incident, has reportedly given crucial information to the police about the alleged attempts to destroy evidence in the case.
The mobile phone was with the accused for at least three days after the heinous crime on February 17, the police have learned.
The accused had fled to Tamil Nadu on February 19 and they returned to Kerala from Coimbatore two days later. All this while the phone, a crucial piece of evidence, was with them, it was learned. They were arrested while making an attempt to surrender at a court in Ernakulam on February 23. The police, however, are yet to collect information regarding the people Suni contacted between February 18 and 23. The police suspect that the phone was taken to a secret location either on February 22 or 23.
Despite desperate and extensive searches, the investigating team has failed to recover the mobile phone. During the initial interrogation, Suni had told the officers that he threw the phone into the backwaters from the Goshree bridge in Kochi. Reports later said that Suni had allegedly handed over the mobile phone to advocate Pratheesh Chacko, who had represented him in the initial stages of the case.
Marathon grilling of Chacko and his junior Raju Joseph, who claimed that the devise was destroyed, did not yield any result. There were also reports that Suni had deposited the memory card that contains the obscene images at a boutique owned by actress Kavya Madhavan, wife of actor Dileep – an accused in the case.
The investigating team believes that the primary evidence was hidden or destroyed by the accused with an intention to mislead the investigation and weaken the prosecution’s case.