Actress attack case: Special court judge approaches SC, seeks 6 more months to complete trial
New Delhi: In the actress attack case, the special court judge has approached the Supreme Court 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.
A bench headed by justice MM Khanwilkar will consider the letter on Monday.
Kerala High Court registrar (judicial) forwarded the letter of special trial court judge Honey M Varghese dated January 16, 2021, to the apex court.
As per the SC order in August, the trial in the actress attack case must be completed by February first week.
But the government approached the Supreme Court seeking to transfer the trial to another court. But the SC dismissed this petition.
Amidst this, M Suresan, the public prosecutor in the case resigned from the post. Following this, the state government appointed VN Anil Kumar as the public prosecutor.
The trial court judge pointed out these reasons in the letter to the Supreme Court. The letter also pointed out that the trial got interrupted due to these reasons.
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. Malayalam actor Dileep is also named as an accused in this case.
But the trial got interrupted due to the lockdown over the COVID-19 outbreak. Following this, the special court sought six more months to complete the trial into the case.
Approving this request in August 2020, the apex court granted 6 more months to complete the trial.