Actor assault case: Neyyattinkara diocese denies Dileep, Balachandrakumar links

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Neyyattinkara Bishop Dr Vincent Samuel and actor Dileep.

Thiruvananthapuram: The diocese of Neyyattinkara has come out with a release refuting allegations that its bishop was involved in Dileep getting bail in the 2017 actor assault case.

Actor Dileep had said in the High Court of Kerala that director Balachandrakumar tried to trick him by claiming he used the Neyyattinkara bishop's influence to avail him bail in 2017. Dileep had served a two-month jail term in connection with the case.

The revelation had prompted the diocese to issue a statement on Sunday claiming their bishop Vincent Samuel had no involvement in the case.

Vicar General and spokesperson Msgr G Christudas said in his statement: "From the media, it has been known that Neyyattinkara Bishop Dr Vincent Samuel's name was mentioned in connection with a bail taken by movie actor Dileep in a case.

The Neyyattinkara Bishop has no connections with the accused or the person who has accused the actor.

It gives out a wrong message to raise false accusations against the bishop who is the spiritual leader of a community.

The news on social media is baseless and intends to create controversies. Hence, dragging the bishop into such matters must be avoided."

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