Kerala High Court | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Kochi: Kerala High Court on Friday asked the prosecution to produce sufficient justification for cross-examining the witnesses again in the actress attack case. The court questioned the prosecution's plea seeking rehearing of witnesses in the case.
The court said that rehearing should not be done to overcome the lapses of the prosecution and questioned whether the prosecution was trying to prolong the trial. It said that the rights of the accused must be also protected along with that of the victim. It also pointed out that all the witnesses were cross-examined months ago. The high court also sought an explanation from the prosecution over the new plea.
The prosecution said that the request was submitted considering the fresh allegations raised by director Balachandra Kumar in the case. But the court questioned the connection between the director's allegations and the case. The court also asked how the fresh allegations would affect the case in any way.
The prosecution had approached the high court with a complaint that the trial court had not allowed the rehearing of some witnesses in the case. Meanwhile, the government has informed the Supreme Court that the case requires further investigation and that more time must be allowed for the trial.
The government had formed a special inquiry team in the wake of director Balachandra Kumar's allegations in connection with the case. He recently released an audio recording claiming that many people including actor Dileep are trying to sabotage the case and plotting to delay the trial.