Conspiracy Case: Crime Branch grills actor Dileep, others for 11 hrs

Actor Dileep arrives at the Crime Branch office in Kochi (File Photo: PTI)

Kochi: The Crime Branch team completed the first-day interrogation of actor Dileep and 5 others over the conspiracy case for allegedly threatening investigating officers of actress attack case. The team led by SP MP Mohanachandran grilled Dileep for 11 hours. According to reports, the actor left the Crime Branch office at Kalamassery around 8 pm.

Dileep has to appear for the interrogation on Monday too. The High Court has granted the probe team to question the 6 accused for three days.

Dileep, who reached the crime branch office at around 8.50 AM, refused to interact with the media. The other accused have also reached the probe agency's office for questioning.

Meanwhile, Crime Branch sources said the interrogation of the accused will be recorded as they suspect that the actor and others might approach the court alleging harassment during questioning.

Justice Gopinath P had directed the accused to fully cooperate with the investigation and directed them to be available for interrogation from 9 AM to 8 PM on the three days. The court had also warned the accused that in case of non-cooperation, the interim protection from arrest will be lifted and custody will be granted to the Crime Branch.

The court also directed the public prosecutor to submit a report on the interrogation and material evidence in a sealed cover on January 27, when the matter would be heard again.

Besides Dileep, his younger brother P Sivakumar and brother-in-law T N Suraj among others were asked to present themselves for interrogation.

The Crime Branch had, on January 9, registered the case on a complaint filed by an investigating officer based on a purported audio clip of Dileep, which was released by a TV channel in which the actor was allegedly heard conspiring to attack the official.

The actor and five others were booked under various provisions of the IPC, including Sections 116 (abetment), 118 (concealing design to commit offence), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 34 (criminal act done by several people).

Dileep has claimed that this apprehension was borne out of the past conduct of the complainant officer who has been trying to falsely implicate him in the sexual assault case.

(With added inputs from agencies)

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