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Kerala Police file additional indictment in actress assault case, Kavya not named as accused

The Kerala Police team investigating the actress’ 2017 sexual assault case has submitted its supplemental indictment in the case, the prosecution in the Magistrate’s Court heard on Friday.

The investigation report has been submitted to the district court concerned and will be delivered to the district court according to the procedures provided.

Actor Dileep was slapped with an additional charge of tampering with evidence in the indictment. His friend Sarath was also charged. Dileep is the eighth defendant in the case and is out on bail after being arrested and remanded for allegedly plotting the crime.

The crime branch team, in its supplemental indictment, says Dileep viewed footage of the assault on the surviving actress and destroyed evidence.

Dileep’s wife and actress, Kavya Madhavan, was not named as a defendant in the new document. She was, however, included as a witness. Although the police accused the defendants’ lawyers of destroying evidence, they were also not named defendants or witnesses.

The trial court said it would hear the case on July 27 after information from the supplemental indictment is incorporated into the first indictment.

The supplemental indictment added a few more witnesses to the case. They include Dileep’s former wife and actor, Manju Warrier, and director Balachandra Kumar, who brought a series of accusations against Dileep, leading to the filing of a new FIR and further investigation. Cybersecurity expert Sai Shankar, Pulsar Suni’s mother and a domestic helper from Dileep were also named as defendants.

The Kerala High Court on Monday refused to extend the deadline for the Crime Branch to complete the investigation into the conspiracy case linked to the actress’ 2017 assault case.

Judge Kauser Edappagath denied the Crime Branch’s motion for time to conclude the investigation into the related conspiracy case and ordered it to file the supplemental indictment by July 22.

On June 3, the court gave the Crime Department until July 15 to conclude the investigation and file the supplemental indictment.

The prosecution had requested more time to investigate actor Dileep’s cellphone evidence and to interview more witnesses in the case.

On January 9, the Crime Branch had registered the case on a complaint filed by an investigator based on an alleged audio clip of Dileep, which was broadcast by a television station, in which the actor was heard plotting to attack the official.

The actor and five others were convicted under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code, including Sections 116 (incitement), 118 (concealment of intent to commit an offence), 120B (criminal association), 506 (criminal intimidation ) and 34 (criminal act committed by several people).

The high court had granted bail to Dileep in the conspiracy case.

The actress-survivor, who has worked in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films, was abducted and allegedly sexually assaulted in her car for two hours by people who forced their way into the vehicle in the night of February 17, 2017 and then escaped to an occupied area. The whole act was filmed by these people to blackmail the actress.

There are 10 defendants in the 2017 case, including actor Dileep, and police arrested seven. Dileep was later arrested and released on bail.