Kerala HC rejects Dileep's plea to suspend further probe in actress attack case

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Kochi : In a major setback for Dileep, the Kerala High Court has rejected the plea to suspend further probe into actress assault case. The court has directed the probe team to complete the investigation within April 15.

Dileep in the court observed that further probe was evoked out of nowhere to topple the trial in the lower court which was in the final stage. He also asserted that it had no legal validity. However, the court dismissed this argument and pointed out that the probe officer has the discretion for initiating further probe if required and that is legally valid. To justify this the court cited Section 173(8) of CrPC.

Meanwhile, the court did not agree to the demand of probe team seeking more time of three months for the probe and instead allowed one and half months time. The probe need to be completed within April 15.

The court made it clear that it is not looking into evidence in the case at this stage and its intervention is pertaining to validity of further probe. The court’s decision was conveyed by Kauser Edappagath.

Further probe in the case was initiated after the revelations of director Balachandhra Kumar.

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