- Dileep alleged that several VIPs in the Malayalam film industry, including Liberty Basheer, conspired to frame him
- The actor said that he had informed state police chief Loknath Behera about the call Pulsar Suni made from jail the same day itself
- "My arrest and judicial remand has created a financial crisis of Rs 50 crore in the Malayalam film industry"
Alleging potential conspiracy behind his arrest in the actress attack case, actor Dileep told the Kerala High Court that producer Liberty Basheer considers the actor as "enemy number one".
Dileep alleged that several VIPs in the Malayalam film industry, including Basheer, conspired to frame him in the case. The actor stressed that these VIPs are powerful people capable of influencing politicians, media and section of the police.
Basheer, a producer, theatre owner and former Kerala film exhibitors federation president, had reportedly told several persons that Dileep was behind his ouster from the exhibitors' body.
Dileep, arrested last month on charges of conspiracy in the actress case, made these claims in the fresh bail plea he submitted at the High Court on Thursday, through his new counsel led by eminent lawyer B Raman Pillai. The court will consider the plea on Friday. Earlier both the HC and the Angamaly court had rejected Dileep's bail plea.
The actor also said that he has no connection with prime accused Pulsar Suni, and that he had informed state police chief Loknath Behera about the call Suni made from jail the same day itself.
“I don't know Pulsar Suni. He and his friends tried to blackmail me for money. I had informed that to the police the same day. I have cooperated with the investigation so far and I am willing to do that in future as well,” he insisted.
Dileep's counsel argued the police claim that the actor and Suni were under the same cell network tower at the same time doesn't prove anything as Suni had worked as the driver of several film industry persons, inclduing Actor Mukesh, and used to visit film sets.
The actor's camp also pointed out that the production and post-production work of four Malayalam films were interrupted due to his arrest.
"My arrest and judicial remand has created a financial crisis of Rs 50 crore in the Malayalam film industry. The release of Ramaleela has been affected," he pointed out.
Meanwhile, the prosecution maintained their argument that if Dileep is let off on bail, he would influence the investigation and could also destroy the missing mobile phone and memory card, which contain the visuals of the attack.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:32 PM IST