Actress assault case: Survivor’s fears unfounded, says govt, HC seeks explanation


Kerala High Court | Photo: PTI

Kochi: The Kerala High Court in response to the plea submitted by the survivor in actress assault case raising allegations of political intervention in the ongoing probe, has sought the explanation from the state government over the matter here on Wednesday.

While considering the plea, Justice Ziyad Rahman directed the government to furnish its written explanation on May 27 (Friday).

Meanwhile, Director General of Prosecution (DGP) brought the attention of the court to certain matters and explained the stand of the government in the case. DGP said that the government has always stood with the survivor and pointed out that she was consulted before appointing the prosecutor.

DGP further said that the allegations in the plea do not seem to be that of the survivor and urged the latter’s counsel to stay away from such contestations.

The state government has never intervened in the case and the administration would give a written explanation soon, DGP added.

The court orally enquired whether the accused need to be heard over the matter. However, the court did not give any direction regarding this.

The high court had on April 19 extended till May 30 the time for completing the probe in the case.

In her plea, the survivor has also raised serious allegations against the trial court saying the presiding officer has some "vested interest to save the culprits".

The plea came a day after the Crime Branch has reportedly decided to wind up the investigation into a related case of an alleged tampering of digital evidence.

"It is painfully submitted that the Government of Kerala which gave support to the cause of the petitioner/ victim at the initial stage and allowed a fair investigation in the case by police officers of high integrity and took credit of the investigation politically has backtracked from its constitutional legal commitment of conducting a free, fair and complete investigation in the case," she has said.

The petition also alleges that Dileep has unlawfully influenced some of the politicians of the ruling front in the state and attempted to interfere with the further investigation in the case and prematurely close the same.

"...it is reliably learned that the prosecution as well as the investigation agency are now threatened by the political higher-ups to end the investigation halfway and file the additional final report in a half-cooked manner. This clearly establishes the illegal nexus between the accused and the ruling front," the plea has said.

Raising allegations against the trial court, the petition has said it was clear from the records that the "illegal access/ tampering was done" while one of the digital evidence was in judicial custody.

With inputs from PTI

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