Unni Mukundan| Photo: Instagram|iamunnimukundan|
Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday said that the trial on the sexual assault case against actor Unni Mukundan should be completed within three months. The court observed that the allegations levelled by the complainant seem reasonable prima facie and its validity should be checked during the trial.
Earlier on Tuesday, the court had rejected Unni Mukundan’s petition seeking to quash the case. However, further details surfaced after the release of the order.
Reportedly, the complainant has produced evidence to substantiate her allegations. Hence, the court directed that it was necessary to conduct the trial and pointed out that Unni Mukundan failed to prove that the lower court had acted against him.
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.
However, Unni Mukundan strongly denied the woman's claims, asserting that they were fabricated, and took legal action by filing a complaint against her. He further claimed that she had made an extortion attempt by demanding Rs 25 lakh from him in exchange for not pursuing a legal 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.