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Kochi: The Kerala High Court has deferred the judgement on Dileep’s anticipatory bail plea in the case related to the alleged conspiracy to murder investigating officials of the 2017 actress attack case. The court will continue the hearing in a special sitting on Saturday. According to reports, the HC is likely to pronounce its verdict on Monday at 10.15 am.
The hearing will commence on Saturday at 9.30 am. The court has ruled that the hearing into the petition should be completed on Saturday itself.
Dileep has informed the court that he has to 'reveal' more details on the case.
On Friday, the prosecution submitted a detailed argument note before the High Court. The defendant opposed the arguments of the opposition and termed it as fabricated one. Dileep and the other accused also informed the court that they need to give an explanation over the arguments raised by the prosecution. In response to this, the court permitted a special sitting on Saturday.
During the hearing, the prosecution argued that rather than cursing, Dileep tried to hatch a conspiracy for murdering the investigating officials of the actress attack case. The prosecution also informed the court that delay in pronouncing the judgement over Dileep’s anticipatory bail plea will affect the investigation.
Interestingly, the High Court witnessed heated arguments over the actor’s petition. Mentioning the leaked audio clip, the prosecution pointed out that Dileep had conspired to attack two investigating officials named Sojan and Sudarshan. The conversation recorded in the audio clip took place after this plan, the prosecution claimed.
Meanwhile, Dileep’s counsel dismissed the charges raised by the prosecution. The defendant lawyer also argued that Dileep completely cooperated with the investigation and shared the pattern of his mobile phone’s screen lock with the probe team.
Besides Dileep, his younger brother P Sivakumar and brother-in-law T N Suraj have also moved the court seeking the same relief.
On January 9, the Crime Branch registered the case on a complaint filed by an investigating officer based on a purported audio clip of Dileep, which was telecast 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 Indian Penal Code, including Sections 116 (abetment), 118 (concealing design to commit offence), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 34 (criminal act done by several people).
(with added inputs from agencies)