Kochi: The Kerala police team probing the February 17 actress attack case has approached the court to prevent the media from publishing details of the additional charge sheet submitted on Wednesday that named actor Dileep as 8th accused.
The police were forced to make the move after the details of the charge sheet started coming out in the media, even as the documents remain under scrutiny at the Angamaly judicial first class magistrate court. The police say that revealing details from the charge sheet and debating them in various media channels will influence the witnesses. The special investigation team (SIT) handling the case sought legal advice and has been told that publication of details of the charge-sheet and public debate on it can be prevented as per the Criminal Penal Code (CRPC) section 327 (3).
The details were available to the media, along with copies of the charge sheet, even before the court scrutinized or accepted it. Deposition of witnesses and other particulars then became subjects of debate in the media.
The police suspect that airing the names of witnesses and discussing their statements would lead to efforts at influencing them.
That is why the police decided to obtain curbs on public debates on the charge sheet and details of the witness depositions. Dileep's former wife Manju Warrier, who was first one to allege a criminal conspiracy behind the attack, has been named as the 11th witness. Manju is listed on the subsidiary charge sheet as a witness, but the prosecution need not summon all listed witnesses. The trial can be completed without some of them. Inclusion of Manju's name has stirred quite a frenzy in the media Kerala,with discussions on whether she would turn up in court to testify against Dileep.
In their remand application, the police had claimed that Dileep developed a grudge against the actress for letting his then wife, Manju, know about his alleged 'affairs' and had hatched a conspiracy to take revenge way back in 2013.
The victim, who has also worked in Tamil and Telugu films, was abducted and assaulted in a car for two hours by the accused on February 17 night.