Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Monday deferred to Thursday the hearing on the bail plea of Malayalam actor Dileep, arrested for allegedly plotting the abduction and assault of a popular South Indian actress.
Justice B. Sudheendra Kumar deferred the hearing, rejecting actor's fervent plea to hear the same urgently. On Thursday, the court will first hear the prosecution counsel argument against the plea.
The actor decided to seek bail from the High Court after the Angamaly judicial first class magistrate court refused to grant bail to him and sent him to judicial custody till July 25.
Though counsel for the accused repeatedly insisted for a urgent hearing of the matter, the court said the plea can be considered only after hearing the investigation agency.
Pleading innocence with the court, Dileep's counsel said there was no material to implicate the actor in the case. He argued that the actor was arrested on the basis of the statement by co-accused Sunil Kumar, alias Pulsar Suni.
The prosecution had said they would oppose the bail plea.
Opposing Dileep's bail plea Saturday, the prosecution had told the magisterial court that there was strong evidence against Dileep.
The prosecution counsel had also expressed fears that on his release on bail, the accused might hamper investigation and tamper with evidence besides trying to influence witnesses. It would also adversely affect the ongoing probe into the conspiracy behind the sensational case, the prosecution had said.
Dileep, charged under various sections of IPC, including the one for hatching criminal conspiracy for abduction and assault of the actress in a moving car on February 17, is currently lodged in the sub jail at his home town Aluva.
Meanwhile, the team has reportedly found a memory card that purportedly contained the obscene images and videos of the young woman.
The officers got the crucial memory card from advocate Raju Joseph, the junior of the absconding lawyer Pratheesh Chacko. The police quizzed advocate Raju Joseph at the Aluva police club Sunday. Chacko is allegedly associated with Dileep and the prime accused in the case, Pulsar Suni.
However, it does not contain the images. The card will be send for scientific examination to find out if the images were erased.
The police also recorded the statements of Mukesh, MLA, and Anwar Sadath, MLA. Though Mukesh admitted that Pulsar Suni was his driver, the MLA said that he came to know of the February 17 attack through media reports.
Anwar Sadath reportedly told the police that he did not know Pulsar Suni.
In another development, Kerala agriculture minister V.S. Sunil Kumar said a probe had been ordered into the alleged land grab by Dileep for building a multiplex at Chalakkudy in Thrissur district.
The police said the conspiracy to abduct and assault the actress and film the dastardly act was hatched by Dileep and Pulsar Suni.
The police, in its remand application, had claimed that Dileep had developed a grudge against the actress for letting his then wife know about his alleged affairs and had hatched a conspiracy to take revenge way back in 2013.
The popular actress, who has worked in Tamil and Telugu films, was abducted and allegedly molested inside her car for two hours by the accused, who had forced their way into the vehicle on February 17 and later escaped in a busy area in Kochi.
Six people, including Pulsar Suni, have been arrested in connection with the incident.