SC declines actor Dileep’s plea for a copy of sexual assault video

Actor Dileep on Friday suffered a jolt when the Supreme Court ruled against handing over the visuals of the assault on a prominent actress when she was abducted and assaulted by the key accused Pulsar Suni. But the apex court however ruled that Dileep or his counsel can have a look at the visuals, subject to conditions – the details are awaited as the copy of the detailed judgement is yet to come.

The judgment was rendered by a bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari in a plea filed by the actor who had sought access to a memory card which contains video footage of the assault in which he was named as a conspirator.The actor is charged with having indulged in a revenge crime against the actress wherein the victim was allegedly sexually assaulted in a moving car.

It was alleged that the victim had a role to play in Dileep’s separation from his former wife. Owing to this, it is claimed that to take revenge on the victim, Dileep orchestrated the abduction of the actress, during which nude photographs of her were taken. Six persons were nabbed and arrayed as accused in the case.

Dileep’s plea for the copy of the memory card was turned down earlier by the Angamaly Magistrate Court and the Kerala High Court. The south Indian actress was abducted and assaulted in a moving car on February 17, 2017. Dileep was arrested in July the same year in the case and is presently out on bail.

Dileep has said until he gets a copy of the crucial memory card, which he asserted proves his innocence, the framing of charges would result in “violation of natural justice” and “irreparable damage” to his reputation. With this fresh development, the stay granted by the Supreme Court on the trial in the case has been lifted.


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