SC stays trial in actor-abduction case: Govt seeks time for reply to Dileep plea


The Supreme Court on Friday stayed trial in the actor-abduction case where Dileep is an accused.

The Bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar said the plea of Dileep for the files in the memory card, which the Government claims to be crucial evidence, would be heard some time in July after court summer vacation.

The Bench felt the trial court could take a call on whether to hand over the visuals in the memory card if it saw it as mere document and not evidence as claimed by the State Government.

Counsel for the State Government sought two weeks to confirm if the memory card was material evidence or document.

However, counsel for Dileep argued that the memory card was a document, though the prosecution but the prosecution claimed it was material which could not be handed over to the accused.

The Kerala Government last month told the Supreme Court that it would not press for framing of charges against Dileep in the trial court till his pending plea in the apex court for access to visuals of assault captured by main accused Pulsar Suni was decided. But the apex court decided to stay the trial proceedings.

The actor was abducted and assaulted in a moving car on February 17, 2017. Dileep was arrested in July and released on bail after more than 80 days.