Kerala HC hears call from Crime Branch to seize actor Dileep’s mobile phones, others today

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Kochi: The Kerala High Court will continue its hearing on the Crime Branch’s plea on Saturday to recover mobile phones belonging to Malayalam actor Dileep and other defendants in the ‘conspiracy against investigator’ case.

The Crime Branch had requested a special session from Kerala HC to recover the mobile phone of the accused in a case against Dileep and five others for allegedly threatening officials investigating the sexual assault of an actress in 2017.

Judge Gopinath P said the court would hear the case in detail at 11 a.m. Saturday after the actor’s lawyer requested time to file an objection to the Crime Branch’s plea.

The investigative agency said that although it has ample authority to seize cellphones which were concealed and removed by the accused, the crime branch “felt it appropriate” that the case be brought to the attention of the High Court.

“It appears that the applicants deliberately removed their mobile phones and attempted to conceal and thereby destroy the evidence under the guise of sending it for examination,” the crime section told the court.

Meanwhile, Dileep’s lawyer argued that the witch hunt was being carried out in the name of the investigation and that handing over the phones would amount to an invasion of her privacy.

Meanwhile, the court said it could not order the investigative agency to advance the trial in this case.

The High Court adjourned until February 2 the hearing on the early bail plea filed by Dileep in a case against him and five others for allegedly threatening officials investigating the sexual assault case.

The case was adjourned in light of prosecution submissions requesting time to analyze digital evidence relevant to the investigation.

Last Saturday, the court granted temporary protection to Dileep against his arrest.

As per the court directive, Dileep and the other defendants had appeared before investigators on January 23, 24 and 25 for questioning. The defendants have been ordered to cooperate fully with the investigation.

The court had said that director Balachandrakumar, who had recently made startling revelations against the actor, was an acquaintance of Dileep and had submitted relevant documents to the Crime Branch, which led to the filing of the case.

Apart from Dileep, his younger brother P Sivakumar (Anoop) and brother-in-law TN Suraj also moved the court to seek the same relief.

On January 9, the Crime Branch 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).

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