Published: Wed, October 04, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Actor Dileep Gets Conditional Bail After Four Attempts and 85 Days Custody

Actor Dileep Gets Conditional Bail After Four Attempts and 85 Days Custody

Kochi: The Kerala high court on Tuesday granted bail to Malayalam film actor Dileep, behind bars for 85 days in connection with the abduction and sexual assault of a South Indian actress.

After his arrest, Dileep's bail petition was rejected four times citing his court in the industry which he may use to influence the investigation. He was given a conditional bail by executing a bond of Rs one lakh. Director Arun Gopy, producer Tomichan Mulakuppadam and few other celebrities are also expected to arrive the sub jail soon.Meanwhile, Dileep's latest Malayalam movie Ramaleela, released on September 28, has been opened to fabulous response from the audience.

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A few hours later, he walked out of the Aluva sub-jail, waving and blowing kisses to his fans, who had gathered in large numbers.

Another condition was that he should not tamper with evidence and appear before investigating officers as and when required. In addition to handing over his passport so that he cannot travel overseas, the court warned him not to make any remarks including through TV or newspaper interviews that could be perceived as threats or attempts to intimidate either the actress or witnesses.

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The court observed that in the light of substantial completion of the investigation and collection of materials that the prosecution proposed to rely on, there was a definite change of circumstances from the ones that existed at the time of consideration of his previous bail applications. According to sources close to Dileep, he would be released later today after fulfilling bail conditions. There were chants in the actor's name and his fans even distributed candies expressing their joy. However, after police gave assurance in the court that she will not be arrested, it was dismissed. His anticipatory bail plea is coming up before the high court on Wednesday. Six accused, including Pulsar Suni, the prime accused, have been arrested in this case.

In February, a popular actress who can not be named for legal reasons was traveling in a auto in Kochi when she was held captive for almost two hours in the vehicle; four men allegedly molested her and took photos of the assault on their cellphones. Dileep was given a warm welcome by his mother, wife Kavya, daughter Meenkashi and other members of his family when he reached home.

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Liberty Basheer, head of Theatre Owners Association, whose bitter relationship with Dileep is no secret, questioned as to why the actor's fans were celebrating.

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