Kochi: In a setback to popular Malayalam actor Dileep, a court here on Wednesday rejected his plea seeking visuals of the February 17 actress assault case.
The judicial first class magistrate court at Angamaly agreed to the prosecution's contention that if the visuals were given to the actor, these could be leaked and used to malign the victim actress, who was brutally attacked in a moving car in Kochi.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) had alleged that Dileep had hired goons to abduct and assault the actress and videotape the act. The SIT had submitted in the court a copy of the images captured by main accused Pulsar Suni. The police are yet to track down the original images and the mobile phone used to shoot the crime.
Dileep had moved the court, claiming that the visuals of the attack, recorded by Suni, were fabricated and he wanted copies of this to prove his innocence.
The defense had also alleged that the police have not analyzed the female voice in the clip. “The visuals are being sought because it is essential to confirm whose voice it is. The police documents do not even mention that there are male and female voices in the video,” Dileep's counsel had argued. The defense also said the accused was entitled to receive all the documents submitted with the charge sheet. However, the court concurred with the prosecution's demand and rejected the actor's plea.
Dileep is likely to approach the Kerala High Court for the visuals, sources said.
With the trial all set to commence shortly, Dileep was given over 700 pieces of evidence in the case, which included pictures and visuals. However, the video of the sexual assault was not given, but his counsel was allowed to view it.
According to his counsel, one reason why they have wished to have a hard copy of this crucial piece of evidence was that they have doubts over its authenticity and had raised doubts that it was a 'doctored video'.
The case has been transfered to Ernakulam sessions court for trial.