Kochi: Actor-producer Vijay Babu has been granted anticipatory bail after a month-long legal battle with the prosecution. The Kerala High Court granted conditional bail and restricted the actor from travelling out of Kerala. He was also asked to cooperate with the probe agency and not to influence any witnesses relating to the case. He has to appear for questioning for seven days continuously from June 27.
Further, the actor is refrained from contacting the survivor. Vijay has been directed by the court to pay a bond of Rs 5 lakh. The police have been directed to grant bail in case of arrest.
Earlier, the actor had left for Dubai at the time when his former colleague alleged sexual assault. He stayed abroad for almost a month while his lawyer applied for anticipatory bail in two cases registered by the Kerala Police - for sexual assault and revealing the identity of the survivor.
On May 9, a local court in Ernakulam issued an arrest warrant against Babu as a prelude to issuing a Red Corner Notice.
After Vijay Babu kept postponing his return to Kerala, the HC bench of Justice Bechu Kurian Thomas on May 31 granted a pre-arrest bail as ‘his return to the state was important’ in the proceedings. The court then heard both parties in detail and granted the plea conditionally.