Kerala actor Dileep sent to 14-day judicial custody in actress’ abduction, assault case

Dileep was arrested on Monday evening in Kochi in connection with the conspiracy behind the case pertaining to the abduction and sexual assault of a well-known actress in February this year. However, he was taken into police custody in the morning.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 11, 2017 10:21 am
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Leading Malayalam actor Dileep, arrested for his alleged role in the case of abduction and sexual assault of a well-known actress in February this year, was sent to 14-day judicial custody on Tuesday morning. Dileep was arrested on Monday evening from Kochi.

Last week, the 48-year-old actor along with film director Nadirshah was questioned by police for 13 hours in connection with the case. Police had also raided the business premises of his wife Kavya Madhavan.

The actress was allegedly attacked in a moving car on February 19 in Kochi. According to police, this was the second attempt to attack her.

In April, the police had charge-sheeted the supari gang that had attacked the actress and, in June, after a letter purportedly written by the gang leader, Sunil Kumar alias Pulsar Suni, to Dileep seeking financial aid was exposed, police reopened the conspiracy behind the attack. After this, Dileep had also complained of being blackmailed by Sunil Kumar seeking money.

Earlier, Dileep’s brother Anoop, manager Appunni, and his close friend and Nadirshah were also questioned by the police.

Kerala DGP Loknath Behera said, “Dileep was arrested based on evidence collected by the probe team. The investigation is still on and more arrests cannot be ruled out.’’

Investigations have so far revealed that due to “personal enmity”, Dileep allegedly “gave the supari” to attack the actress, said police.

Dileep was earlier married to popular actress Manju Warrier. At that time, the actress who has been assaulted was close to his family. But after Dileep and Warrier formalised a mutual separation in 2015, citing irrevocable differences, this relationship got soured.

Dileep ranks only behind Kerala’s two “superstars” Mohanlal and Mammootty in terms of popularity and box-office draw and has acted in over 130 films in a career spanning two decades.

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    Eve Fernandez
    Jul 11, 2017 at 11:49 am
    see the mob mentality- one day he is a hero, next day he is a villain and mob wants to hang the accused. Arrest has been made, case has to go in court. If charges guilty, the actor will be punished. People who were quiet now come in news channel and say accused in vengeful, criminal minded. How fickle are public. Let the law take its course.
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      Jai hind
      Jul 11, 2017 at 1:26 pm
      He is the one who is involved in elimination of many well known and budding stars from the industry .He has a good skill of taking people hands .that's very personal ,no complaints but he misused that skill to corner few who always had different opinion from him using his influence ..It's a lesson to all those Shines In their popularity with the help of mask covering their filthy face behind .whether it be any popular Political leader or an actor . His fate is an example that such charectors wouldn't last for long
    2. M
      Jul 11, 2017 at 10:42 am
      It was never expected from him. Greed for money and luxuries has spoiled not only his life but that of his erstwhile wife, their only daughter and the new wife.
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        shib panikar
        Jul 11, 2017 at 10:32 am
        Enormous money and luxury cars with multiple Bungalows allow the actors, producers to become lecherous and the women are greedy to get chances . No Literacy . It is common .It is highlighted due to some other reasons.