Dileep | Photo: PTI
New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Friday hear the petition filed by the survivor in the 2017 actress attack case requesting the change of the trial court. A Supreme Court Bench consisting justices Ajay Rastogi and CT Ravikumar will hear the petition.
Actor Dileep, an accused in the case, has filed a plea asking the top court to hear his side before announcing an order in the survivor’s petition.
In her petition, the survivor said that there was audio evidence proving the trial court judge’s link with the accused. Police had received an audio of a lawyer close to the judge. The judge’s husband, who works with the Excise department, is facing investigation in a custodial death case, she alleged.
Survivor has also said the judge is biassed against the prosecution, adding that two public prosecutors have already backed out of the case. Pointing out the legal issues in changing the case from additional sessions court to principal sessions court, the survivor went on to say that the High Court dismissed her case without properly analysing the facts. The judge was recently transferred.
SC directs trial court to submit new report
Supreme Court justices Dinesh Maheshwari and JK Maheshwari have directed the trial court to submit the report pertaining to the progress in the case. The apex court will examine the new report on December 13.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had asked to complete the hearing in the case before January 31. Trial court judge Honey M Varghese had filed a report as per the request of the top court. Justice Dinesh Maheshwari had earlier opined that the trial court judge is doing everything in her power to complete the hearing.