Actress attack case: HC directs probe team to submit inquiry report by July 22

Actor Dileep at Crime Branch office | File Photo: B Muralikrishnan/ Mathrubhumi

Kochi: The Kerala High Court here on Monday declined the prosecution’s request to extend further probe in the 2017 actress attack case.The court also asked the probe team to submit the final inquiry report by July 22.

Though the prosecution requested the court to grant permission to submit the inquiry report on July 25, the court declined it. Meanwhile, the survivor approached the court requesting to allow the Crime Branch for a detailed investigation into the case.

In the fresh plea before the High Court, the prosecution had requested to grant three more weeks to conclude further probe into the case. The prosecution appealed to the court to examine the cyber forensic report and revelations of former DGP R Sreelekha in the case. But reacting to all these arguments, the HC asked the probe team to submit the final inquiry report by July 22.

The probe team was asked to submit the final report on July 15. But the court had granted one more week to submit the report upon the prosecution’s request.

While considering the fresh plea seeking three weeks' time to submit the probe report, the court pointed out that the date won’t be extended to such a long period.

Meanwhile, the HC observed that Sreelekha’s revelations have no connections with the actress attack case.

At the same time, the survivor requested the court to grant more time to the Crime Branch to conclude the probe. She also raised suspicion about leaking the visuals of the attack. The HC also declined her request for a bench change to hear the case.

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