Kerala HC rejects Unni Mukundan’s plea in sexual assault case; actor to face trial

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Kochi: In a setback for Unni Mukundan, the Kerala High Court on Tuesday rejected the actor’s petition in relation to a case over outraging the modesty of a woman and ruled that the actor should face trial in the case.

The incident pertaining to the case took place in 2017. According to the complainant, Unni Mukundan attempted to sexually assault her when she visited his residence in Kochi to discuss a movie project. The alleged incident happened on August 23 and she lodged a complaint on September 15.

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However, Unni Mukundan rejected the woman’s claims as fabricated and filed a complaint against her. He also stated that she had demanded Rs 25 lakh to not file a case.

Following which, the actor filed petitions in the magistrate court and sessions court seeking to quash the case. However, the petitions were rejected and Unni moved the high court.

In 2021, lawyer Saiby Jose, who represented the actor, obtained a stay on further proceedings of the case after stating in the court that the complainant had agreed to an out of court settlement.

However, in February 2023, the stay was withdrawn after the complainant’s lawyer told the court that his client did not sign the settlement documents. The court observed that it was a serious issue and also asked the actor to give an explanation.

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