Actor assault case: Dileep's phone, computer hard disk seized after 7-hour raid

Police raid at actor Dileep's residence in Aluva
Police raid at actor Dileep's residence in Aluva

Kochi: Dileep's mobile phone and computer hard disk were confiscated in a Kerala Police raid at the actor's residence in Aluva here on Thursday.

The police seized two iPads, three mobile phones and the hard disk, reported Manorama News.  

The raid that began at noon lasted over seven hours. The state police is hoping to gather evidence based on the statements given by director Balachandrakumar that implicates Dileep in an actor assault case from 2017.

The team also raided the residence of Dileep's brother Anoop and the office of Grand Production, a film production company founded by the two.

Dileep's house remained closed when the investigation team, led by SP Mohanachandran, arrived in four vehicles. His sister opened it after the officials produced a search warrant.

Dileep is the eighth accused in the case, in which a popular female actor was assaulted in a moving car in Kochi in February 2017.

The trial is progressing in a special court in Kochi. The High Court is set to pronounce a verdict on Dileep's anticipatory bail plea on Friday.

The raids came close on the heels of the explosive disclosures of film director Balachandrakumar that Dileep was aware of the assault.

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Balachandrakumar, who was once close to Dileep, had deposed before the Crime Branch team and the Ernakulam First-Class Judicial Magistrate Court-2 in the last few days.

Balachandrakumar, who met the media after his deposition, claimed discussions regarding the conspiracy to attack the investigating officers were held at many places. He also claimed that there is evidence including digital ones to prove that Dileep had influenced the witnesses in the case.

On Sunday, the Crime Branch wing of the Kerala police registered a case against Dileep and five others for allegedly threatening the investigation officers based on a complaint filed by an investigating officer.

The actor and five others were booked under various provisions of IPC including sections 116 (abetment), 118 (concealing design to commit offense), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 34 (criminal act done by several people).

While Dileep, two of his relatives and two others were named in the FIR, the sixth accused has been mentioned as an "identifiable person".

The Kerala High Court has ordered the police not to take any action against Dileep, in connection with the new case registered against him, till January 14 when his anticipatory bail plea would be heard again.

The victim — an actor who worked in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films — was abducted and allegedly assaulted inside her car for two hours and later managed to escape. The entire act was filmed by the accused with an intention to blackmail the actor.

There are 10 accused in this sensational case and initially, police arrested seven people. Dileep was arrested subsequently and let out on bail later.

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