Malayalam actor Dileep, who was arrested on Monday on the charges of hatching a criminal conspiracy in the kidnapping and sexual assault case of a leading actress in Kochi in February, has been remanded to judicial custody for 14 days.
The actor was sent to sub-jail at Aluva, near here.
Amid tight security, the actor was taken to the residence of Angamaly judicial first class magistrate, near Kochi, by 6.45 am on Tuesday.
On hearing the news that the actor would be produced before the magistrate, a large number of people thronged the premises of the magistrate’s residence near Vengoor at Aluva.
The popular south Indian actress was abducted and sexually assaulted in Ernakulam on February 17 while she was on her way back from a shooting location.
A group of men who stopped her car after a chase, sexually assaulted her in the moving vehicle for a couple of hours. They also allegedly took pictures and videos and blackmailed her before dropping her off by the roadside.
Six people, including ‘Pulsar’ Suni, were arrested in the case and police were investigating their links with the Malayalam film industry.
Police sources said they are investigating the allegation that Dileep had offered 1.5 crore rupees for an attack on the actress in 2013 and that he was seen with Pulsar Suni, the actress’ former driver and the main accused in the case, in a BMW on several occasions.
The police have earlier raided Lakshya, a boutique owned by Dileep’s wife, in search of crucial evidence, based on the confession of Suni.
The actress who was attacked had recently talked about legal action “against an actor” who she said had falsely suggested that she was friends with her former driver. “It’s been brought to my knowledge that an actor has said that the accused in this case – Pulsar Suni and I were friends and that one should be careful while befriending people. This has pained me. If such baseless allegations are made against me, I am even willing to take legal action, if required,” she had said in a statement.
Aluva deputy superintendent of police (DySP) Sanil Kumar said the actor was lodged in an ordinary cell and that he did not plead for any special privileges inside the prison.
Responding to queries whether the actor would be provided a special cell, Sanil Kumar said, “The jail authorities will take a decision on this regard and the police have not received any direction in this regard from the Magistrate.”
“I have no fear since I have not committed any crime,” Dileep told the media while police was taking him to the residence of the magistrate.
Meanwhile, police officers said they would move the court seeking the custody of the actor for further interrogation. Dileep is charged under section 120b (criminal conspiracy) of IPC.
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