Actress attack case: Crime Branch raids residence of Dileep's friend

Aluva: The Crime Branch officials initiated a raid at the house of actor Dileep’s friend Sarath here on Monday as part of the probe into the actress abduction case of 2017. It is learnt that the raid is proceeding at the residence of Surya Hotel owner Sarath in Aluva.

Though Sarath had been summoned by the police to appear for interrogation, he did not turn up. Instead, he approached the High Court seeking anticipatory bail in the case. In the bail plea, Sarath repudiates his connection with the case and accuses that attempts are being made to topple the case. The court will be considering his bail petition on Tuesday.

A team led by Crime Branch SP Mohanachandran conduct the raid in relation to the FIR based on the alleged conspiracy to endanger the investigating officers.

It has been alleged that Sarath has very close ties with Dileep. When Dileep was arrested earlier, Sarath was also there with him.

Three teams of Crime Branch officials had carried out raids simultaneously at the houses of Dileep and his brother and the office of his production house last week. According to sources, the raids were carried out on the basis of a court order following director Balachandra Kumar's revelations against actor Dileep.

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