A Kerala court on Wednesday turned down actor Dileep's demand for a copy of the video of molestation of the Malayalam actress, who was abducted and attacked in a moving car in Kochi last year.
The Angamaly first class magistrate court refused to hand over the video on the grounds that it could be misused and the privacy of the actress had to be protected. Dileep is a co-accused in the case.
The trial in the case is all set to commence shortly. While Dileep was given over 700 pieces of evidence in the case, which included photos and visuals, the video of the alleged molestation was not handed over. However, the actor and his counsel were allowed to view it in the presence of the magistrate.
According to Dileep's counsel, one reason why they have wished to have a hard copy of this crucial piece of evidence was that they have doubts about its authenticity and had raised doubts that it was a "doctored video".
The attack took place in February 2017, while the actress was on her way to Kochi from her house. Pulsar Suni, the prime accused in the case, led the gang of perpetrators. Dileep was arrested on July 10, 2017, and after 85 days in jail, he got a conditional bail.
The trial court in December 2017, accepted the charge sheet that named a total of 12 persons, including Dileep as accused, while his former wife Manju Warrier, a key witness. The 650-page charge sheet included secret depositions. Among the list of witnesses, around 50 are from the film industry.
(With agency inputs)