Actor Vijay Babu arrested, let out on bail in sexual assault case

Actor Vijay Babu arrested, let out on bail in sexual assault case
Police takes Malayalam actor-producer Vijay Babu, an accused in a sexual assault case. Photo: Josekutty Panackal/Manorama

Kochi: Film personality Vijay Babu was arrested earlier on Monday, and then granted bail over the sexual assault case filed by an actress in April.

The bail was granted after depositing Rs 5 lakh and with two sureties on the condition that Babu will make himself available for questioning from 9 am to 6 pm till July 3.

The police had questioned him earlier today at the Ernakulam South Station.

According to Manorama News, Vijay will be taken to places mentioned by the complainant for gathering evidence soon.

It was on April 22 that the woman — a new entrant in the world of Mollywood — approached the police with her complaint. In it, she alleged that Vijay Babu — the founder of a film production company — sexually harassed her on the pretence of giving her a role.

The police had issued a lookout notice then after learning that Babu had fled the country. His passport was also cancelled.

Two cases were registered against Babu — one, for sexually harassing the young actress; and the other, for revealing the name of the victim, which is a crime.

Earlier while granting him the anticipatory bail, the court had warned Babu against defaming the complainant or her family members, especially through social media. He has also been barred from leaving the State.

Babu, however, had maintained that the case is a ploy to taint his reputation.

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