Kochi: A court here on Wednesday said that Malayalam film actor Dileep, an accused in the actress attack case, should be allowed access to documents and materials related to it.
However, it barred him access to the visuals of the victim being harassed in a moving car.
The Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court made it clear that the medical examination report of the actress following the alleged crime can also be handed over to Dileep.
The court said it was up to the Kerala High Court to decide whether a copy of the visuals could be given to the accused or not.
The hearing in the case has been posted to March 28.
Dileep had moved the high court seeking access to the visuals, saying that as an accused he had the right to obtain the documents relating to the case.
However, the prosecution challenged this saying it would adversely affect the victim.
Meanwhile, the actress has sought the constitution of a special court with a woman judge for conducting the trial in the case.
She filed a petition before the court in this regard on Wednesday.
The actress was abducted and assaulted by a gang led by prime accused Pulsar Suni on the night of February 17, 2017 when she was on her way to Kochi from Thrissur.
Dileep was arrested on charges of plotting the attack.
He was granted bail after spending 85 days in remand.
All those listed as accused, including the eighth-accused Dileep and first-accused Sunil Kumar, aka Pulsar Suni, were present at the District Principal Sessions Court on Wednesday.
The accused reportedly avoided eye contact inside the courtroom.
Dileep is charged with hiring Pulsar Suni to kidnap and assault the actress to avenge her likely role in wrecking his marriage to actress Manju Warrier.
The initial charge-sheet had not named Dileep. He was arrested after a conspiracy angle emerged. A 13-hour-long police grilling in July resulted in his arrest and he was kept under remand for 85 days.
Other accused in the case are: Martin Antony from Koratti, the driver of the car in which the victim was traveling on the night of the crime, Manikandan from Thammanam in Kochi, V P Vijesh from Kathirur, Salim from Edappally, Pradeep from Thiruvalla, Charly Thomas from Kannur, Sanilkumar from Kozhenchery, Vishnu from Kakkanad, Advocate Pratheesh Chacko from Aluva and Adv. Raju Joseph from Ernakulam.