Actor Dileep moves HC challenging dismissal of plea seeking CBI probe

The police, opposing the plea, had claimed in the court that Dileep and the others were not cooperating with the probe. File photo

Malayalam actor Dileep, an accused in the abduction and sexual assault on an actress in February 2017, on Wednesday, filed an appeal in the Kerala High Court challenging the dismissal of his plea seeking a CBI probe into the case.

In his appeal before a single-judge bench, Dileep submitted that he was falsely implicated in the case. Citing various Supreme Court judgments, he said the false implication of a person in a criminal offence was the worst form of injustice. “As held by the apex court, a trial based on partisan, motivated, one-sided or biased investigation can hardly be a fair trial,” he submitted in his appeal.

The learned judge ‘dismissed the writ petition without proper appreciation of the facts and the law,’ he said. In his plea seeking CBI probe into the case, Dileep had alleged that a specially constituted team of police officers carried out a ‘meaningless investigation filled with unusual acts of omissions and commissions’ and he was falsely implicated in the case.

He had sought a direction from the court to the CBI to re-register the case and carry out a fair, impartial and truthful investigation in the matter. Dismissing the plea in December last year, the single judge had observed that the allegations levelled by the actor need to be proved during trial in the sessions court. The police investigated the case and filed the charge sheet, the single judge had said, adding that no material had been placed to warrant a CBI probe.

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The prosecution had opposed the plea, alleging that the actor was adopting delay tactics. Dileep was arrested on July 10, 2017 and let out on bail on October 3 after 85 days in custody. The High Court had granted him bail with stringent conditions.

Seven other people, including key accused Pulsar Suni, were arrested in connection with the actress abduction case. The actress, who has worked in Tamil and Telugu films, was abducted and allegedly molested inside her car for two hours by the accused, who had forced their way into the vehicle on the night of February 17, 2017 and later escaped in a busy area.

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