Actor assault case: Cops closing in on person who stashed video clip

Dileep, Pulsar Suni (right). File Photo

Kochi: One more arrest is likely in connection with the abduction and sexual assault of a lady film actor in early 2017.

The police investigation has reportedly led to the person who had hidden the main portions of  objectionable video footage of the crime. The police has zeroed in on this person based on the statements given by director Balachandrakumar and Mehboob P Abdullah, a businessman who has partnered with actor Dileep, who is one of the accused in the sensational case.

Since the copy of the video footage had been recovered earlier, the police had abandoned the efforts to trace the original copy right in the beginning.  The footage was hidden as part of a conspiracy to destroy the evidence and thus protect the accused during the course of further investigation.

Despite not being able to trace this main material object evidence, the police had slapped the section pertaining to destruction of evidence and had not arrested anyone on these charges. Now the police are getting ready to register a case in connection with this too.

The main accused Pulsar Suni had disclosed that he had handed over the  mobile phone containing the visuals to two advocates. Though these two advocates were named in the First Information Report (FIR) as accused, subsequently they were removed from the list of accused.

More evidence, new witnesses

With new witnesses to be cross-examined based on the permission granted by the high court the other day, more evidence pertaining to the main material object and the manner in which it was concealed, would come up before the court.

Though the investigation team had submitted only one chargesheet in the case, the investigations have reached this stage in three phases. The first phase of investigations ended with the arrest of Pulsur Suni and  his accomplices. In the meanwhile  the police received information regarding the conspiracy behind the sexual assault case, but it never thought it would have evidence to carry out arrest.

Dileep’s involvement in the case came in the public domain first through Pulsar Suni’s letter. Even at that time the prosecution did not come up with the case that material object was hidden or destroyed.

The further investigation now being carried out by the Crime Branch special investigation team currently is to remove this drawback.

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