Actress attack case: SC grants 6 more months to complete trial
New Delhi: The supreme court granted six months’ time to complete the trial in actress attack case. The top court allotted extra time considering the request of the special court judge. The court made it clear that this is the last extension of the deadline and will not be extended further. The plea filed by special trial court judge Honey M Varghese was considered by a bench headed by justice MM Khanwilkar.
The special court judge had approached the Supreme Court the other day seeking more time to complete the trial in the case. In the letter submitted before the apex court, the judge informed that the trial was not completed on time as the prosecution’s transfer petitions were not produced and the prosecutor failed to appear before the court.
This is the second time the apex court is extending the deadline for completing the trial of the case in which Malayalam actor Dileep is named as an accused. On November 29, 2019, a division bench of the Supreme Court including AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheswari ordered the trial court to complete the trial within 6 months.
However, the trial got interrupted due to the lockdown over the COVID-19 outbreak. Following this, the apex court granted 6 more months to complete the trial as requested by the special court judge in August 2020. As per the SC order in August, the trial in the actress attack case was supposed to be completed by February first week.