The Angamaly court has extended the remand period of actor Dileep, arrested in connection with the Kochi actress attack case, till September 28.
The first class judicial magistrate court also concluded the hearing on Dileep's bail plea and reserved its verdict for Monday, September 18. The Kerala High Court will hear the anticipatory bail pleas of Dileep's wife Kavya Madhavan and friend Nadirshah also on the same day.
Dileep’s counsel argued that the prosecution has only charged him with asking Pulsar Suni for the assaulted actress' nude visuals, and now that more than 60 days have passed since his arrest on July 10, the actor is entitled to bail by default.
Advocate B Raman Pillai submitted that the charges against Dileep are not the rarest of rare in nature, and hence the actor should not be kept in judicial custody for the full 90 days. He also pointed out that the probe team is yet to submit the charge sheet even two months after the arrest.
The prosecution, on the other hand, stressed that the charges against Suni, including sexual harassment, are also applicable to Dileep. Pointing out to the recent rush of celebs to visit Dileep in jail, the prosecution stated that the actor is capable of influencing witness and should not be let off on bail.
Manjeri Sreedharan Nair, the director general of prosecution, also said with the probe team set to interrogate some high-profile names in the next few days, it is important that Dileep remains in judicial custody.
This is the fourth time that Dileep is approaching a court for bail. Earlier, the Kerala High Court had rejected his bail plea twice and the Angamaly court once.
Meanwhile, a high-level meeting of the Kerala police was held in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday, in connection with the actress attack case, triggering speculation about a possible high-profile arrest.