Kochi: Malayalam actor Dileep has been named the eighth accused in the charge sheet in the February 17 actress attack case that was submitted to the court Wednesday. Manorama News has accessed the details of the charge sheet that says Manju Warrier will be one of the witnesses.
The charge sheet was submitted Wednesday afternoon at the Angamaly court by the probe team. Five copies were submitted in the court.
The probe team has listed eight reasons that prompted Dileep to commit the crime.
Dileep wanted to wreak vengeance after his first marriage with Manju Warrier ended in a divorce. He presumed that the actress had a role in the marital discord and conspired to attack her, the charge sheet said.
The subsidiary charge sheet has 14 accused, including Dileep, 385 witnesses and 33 confidential statements. More than 50 witnesses are from the cineworld. Only Dileep and prime accused Pulsar Suni are accused of conspiring the heinous crime in the charge sheet, according to sources.
Anish, a cop from whose phone Pulsar Suni had called Dileep, and Vipinlal, who wrote a letter to Dileep, has turned approvers, according to reporters.
The 14 accused
The probe team had submitted the first charge sheet in the case on April 18 that named Pulsar Suni as the main accused. The team submitted the subsidiary charge sheet to the Angamaly court Wednesday afternoon.
The names of the first seven accused are same as the ones on the initial charge sheet - Pulsar Suni, Vijeesh, Manikandan, Vadival Saleem, Martin, Pradeep and Charlie - the criminals who were directly involved in the case and who tried to help the accused.
Apart from these seven, the subsidiary charge sheet names Dileep, Meshtiri Suni, lawyers Pratheesh Chacko and Raju Joseph, and Suni's jail-mate Vishnu. The names of the other two accused were not immediately known.
The first eight are accused of gang rape and conspiracy charges have been slapped on accused no. eight to 12 accused.
The probe team had initially planned to name Dileep as the first accused. However, legal advise said that such a move, without ample evidence, may backfire and prove to be a setback for the case.
Dileep was arrested on July 10 for plotting the sensational crime. The Kerala High Court granted him bail on October 3, but imposed stringent conditions and said he should not tamper with evidence.
The Kerala HC had Tuesday granted him permission to travel to Dubai for business purposes.
The police have claimed that a conspiracy to abduct and assault the actress in a moving car and film the act was hatched by Dileep.
The actress, who has also worked in Tamil and Telugu films, was abducted and assaulted inside a moving car on February 17 night.