Dileep | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Monday allowed the anticipatory bail plea of actor Dileep and others in the latest case against them alleging that they conspired to eliminate officers probing the sexual assault of an actress in 2017.
Justice Gopinath P granted the relief to the actor, saying that the apprehensions of the police of non-cooperation and influencing witnesses can be dealt with by imposing conditions and if the same are violated, then a plea can be moved for arresting the accused despite grant of anticipatory bail.
The conditions put forward by the High Court:
- Dileep must surrender his passport to the court
- The court has asked Dileep to cooperate with the investigation
- To produce two personal sureties of Rs 1 lakh each
- Not try to influence the witnesses
- Any default would invite the prosecution to initiate severe action and even file petition for arrest
Dileep had moved an anticipatory bail plea after the Crime Branch initiated a fresh case against him on January 10 on a complaint lodged by DySP Bailju Paulose based on a purported audio clip of the actor, in which he was heard conspiring to do away with the police officers who probed the actress assault case. Dileep is the eighth accused in actress assault case.
Before the pronouncement of the verdict, a team of Crime Branch officials have camped at Dileep’s house in Aluva and also at the house of his brother Anoop.
The conspiracy case was registered by considering the startling revelations of Dileep’s acquaintance and director Balachandra Kumar also. He had also handed over some evidence to the Crime Branch in order to substantiate his statements.
The verdict was announced after adjourning the hearing into the bail plea several times due to various reasons.
On January 18, the court postponed the hearing of the bail plea to January 21 when prosecution demanded more time to file replies to the court. Later the court deferred the hearing again on January 27, 2022 till February 2 after the prosecution sought extra time for examining the digital evidence in connection with the probe. The court also kept on extending the interim order which granted the accused protection from arrest.
Dileep and other accused had appeared in the Crime Branch office for interrogation on January 23, 24 and 25 and the questioning continued for a total of 33 hours. The Crime Branch has submitted the report of the statements before the High Court.