Actress assault case: Govt advices Crime Branch not to wind up investigation in haste


Pinarayi Vijayan | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Kochi: The state government began efforts to save its face soon after the survivor of the actress attack case filed a plea before Kerala High Court alleging political intervention in the ongoing probe.

The government directed the Crime Branch not to conclude the probe in haste and informed the investigation team that it would request to grant more time for investigation from the court. The advice of the government came out on the same day in which the court decided to consider the fresh plea submitted by the survivor.

Following the transfer of the chief of Crime Branch, the investigation team had dropped move to interrogate the lawyers of the accused Dileep. By this, the Crime Branch decided to wind up the probe and submit the report by May 31. This has urged the survivor to file a plea at the High Court alleging political intervention in the case that may derail the ongoing probe.

When the court began procedures on Tuesday, the survivor through her advocate PV Mini requested the judge to recede from considering the plea. Following this, Justice Edappagath promptly recused from hearing the plea. Now, the case will be shifted to another Bench. The Chief Justice will select the bench which will hear the plea. In her plea, she also raised serious allegations against the trial court saying the presiding officer has some "vested interest to save the culprits".

The survivor has also requested for an investigation over how the visuals of the assault leaked from the court.


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