Malayalam actress abduction case: SC adjourns Dileep’s plea seeking visuals to Jan 23

The Supreme Court on December 12 adjourned the hearing of an appeal filed by Malayalam actor Dileep, who is a key accused in hatching the conspiracy of the abduction and assault of the actress in 2017, seeking visuals of the alleged sexual assault on an actress, to January 23, 2019.

Dileep has approached the SC seeking access to the memory card containing visual evidence of the crime. In his plea, Dileep claimed that he has the right to access the images, considered to be the crucial evidence in the case.

The key accused had alleged that these images have been doctored ‘to trap’ him.

An SC bench headed by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar said that it will decide whether the memory card containing the clip is a “material or document.”

The top court added that the trial court will not frame charges against the actor till it decides the issue.

Dileep’s plea was moved in top court by Ranjeeta Rohatgi, former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi’s junior.

In defense of his client’s plea, Ranjeeta Rohatgi had told the court that Dileep was not named in the original charge sheet and he was framed by the alleged victim as an afterthought, due to enmity.

Rohatgi further added that Dileep has the right to obtain the clip.