Custody of Dileep’s mobile phones: HC to consider case today

Kochi: The Kerala High Court will hold a special sitting on Saturday to decide if Dileep should surrender his phones to the investigating agency.

The prosecution, in the case where actor Dileep is alleged to have conspired to do away with the investigating officers in the actress abduction case, approached the Kerala High Court on Friday, stating that the actor was not cooperating with the Crime Branch probe team and is refusing to hand over his mobile phones, as part of the investigation.

The prosecution submitted an application accusing Dileep and his men of attempting to destroy critical evidence in the ongoing investigation.

The accused made themselves available for the interrogation as directed by the court but they refused to hand over the mobile phones which they used prior to January 2022 to the investigating officers.

Counsel for the actor, however, pointed that his phone contains private conversations with his first wife (actress Manju Warrier) and others and the prosecution might infringe on his privacy by giving out his personal talks with others also.

Asked to surrender the phones, Dileep's lawyers denied to do so taking a stand that notice under Section 91 is not maintainable and that the mobile phones were sent for forensic examination through their lawyers to retrieve crucial information with regards to the talk that he had with Balachandrakumar, a director and one who spilled the beans that Dileep was conspiring to do away with the investigating officers, and wanted it to be used as his piece of evidence that the director was blackmailing him.

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