Malayalam actor Dileep, who was arrested by the state police on Monday night in connection with the abduction and sexual harassment of an actress in February 2017, has been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. He was presented before the Angamaly Magistrate on Tuesday morning, and subsequently taken to Aluva sub-jail. The actor, charged under IPC 120 (B) for criminal conspiracy, has submitted a bail plea which will be considered tomorrow morning.
According to a Mathrubhumi report, the police produced 19 evidences against the 48-year-old actor in front of the court. The report said that the actress was abducted by the prime accused, Sunil Kumar aka Pulsar Suni, as per a ‘quotation’ of Rs 1.5 crore given by Dileep. It is known that the actor had a personal grudge against the actress.
Dileep was taken into police custody on Monday morning, and the arrest was confirmed by the chief minister’s office at 6.30 in the evening. Reportedly, actor-director Nadirshah, a close friend of Dileep, has also been taken into custody. DGP Lokanath Behera told the media that no one else has been arrested yet. “The investigation isn’t over. We are still probing the case,” he said.
Through a Facebook post on Monday night, the actress’ brother said that the family was grateful to the Kerala State Police for carrying out an unbiased probe.
“Thank God. Happy knowing that finally the truth triumphs over all odds in the investigation which we all believe has a divine presence from start. Our belief in State Police of Kerala and the trust that justice will prevail is the only reason why we chose not to appeal for CBI even after a lot of our good friends asked us to consider. We thank, from the bottom of our heart, to those who are with us directly and indirectly, to the media friends who fight for us, to the State Police of Kerala for taking action without being influenced, and to all those good people who love us unconditionally from all corners of the world. Hoping for the continuous support and the spirit till the culprits are put behind bars. [sic]“