Actor Kavya Madhavan, wife of actor Dileep, the alleged chief conspirator in the 2017 female actor abduction and sexual assault case, was interrogated for four hours by the Kerala crime branch on Monday, at her ‘Padmasarovaram’ residence in Aluva.
She reportedly denied playing any role in the incident or having any information about the actor’s abduction and assault.
The interrogation was led by Mohanachandran, Superintendent of Police, Crime Branch, and Baiju Paulose, Deputy Superintendent of Police. The officials who are probing the alleged conspiracy to murder case against Dileep, were also present when Kavya was questioned.
The decision to question Kavya at her home was made after she refused to appear at the Aluva Police Club.
Kavya had insisted on being questioned within a familiar environment, at her husband’s house. Her lawyers cited Section 160 of CRPC, according to which, women, children and elderly persons roped in as witnesses should be questioned at their residence.
The investigation team had objected to this since Dileep, an accused in the case, resides at the same house. They also cited logistical issues such as needing separate arrangements for audio-visual clips and statements of witnesses, during the course of the interrogation.
However, the probing team eventually decided to question Kavya at her residence after taking into consideration the limited time left to complete the investigation. It may be noted that the Kerala High Court has ordered the officials to conclude their investigation by May 31.
Last month, a few audio clips had surfaced that allegedly implicated Kavya in the actor assault case. One of them reportedly relates to Kavya’s role in the incident, while in another clip, a voice that sounds like Dileep’s is heard saying that it was not him who had to undergo punishment, but another woman.
Actor Manju Warrier, former wife of Dileep, was questioned by the crime branch last month. At the time, she reportedly identified voice samples belonging to Dileep, his brother Anoop, and his brother-in-law Suraj.