Actress assault case: HC to consider request for more time to complete further probe Wednesday

Dileep | Photo: PTI

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday will consider the plea of the prosecution seeking more time to complete the further probe on the 2017 actress sexual assault case. The case was postponed on Tuesday on the request of the prosecution.

The Crime Branch is seeking another three months to complete the analysis of the digital evidence they collected during the further probe. Several mobile phones of the accused, including actor Dileep, were examined during this period. Police have gone through lakhs of files, including call records, photographs and videographs over these days.

The prosecution is also mulling for an enquiry into the finding that the hash value of the memory card in custody of the trial court has been changed. The trial court has already declined the request. The prosecution is planning to move the high court against this.

The further probe into the case was started following the ‘revelations’ of director Balachandra Kumar. The Crime Branch was earlier given an ultimatum to submit the report by end of May. The survivor had meanwhile approached the high court stating that the government was trying to end the probe without considering all aspects.

Meanwhile, the plea to cancel the bail of actor Dileep has been postponed to Thursday, considering that the additional charge sheet in the case has not been submitted and the prosecution is seeking more time to end the probe.

A report on the progress of the probe was submitted to the court.

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