The Supreme Court has rejected Malayalam Actor Dileep's plea seeking the copy of the memory card in the criminal case relating to the abduction and sexual assault of a famous sout Indian actress in February 2017.
The bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheswari on Friday, ruled that the visuals will not be provided to actor Dileep, who is also an accused in the case, considering the survivor's privacy. However, the SC bench has allowed the actor to watch and inspect the visuals.
Earlier, the High Court of Kerala had dismissed Dileep's plea. The noted Malayalam actress, who has also worked in Tamil and Telugu films, was allegedly abducted by a group of men in her car in February 2017, in a conspiracy, which the actress says was hatched by actor Dileep. The assault case rattled the entire country in 2017. The memory card allegedly contains the visuals of the sexual offence committed on the actress. Dileep is accused as the conspirator of the crime.
In the petition in SC, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohtagi argued for Dileep that the visuals were doctored. The allegation in the chargesheet was that the actress was attacked in a moving vehicle; however, the visuals of the memory card were of a stationary vehicle. To establish the innocence of Dileep, it is highly essential to have a copy of the memory card, submitted Rohtagi.
The consul of Kerala Government opposed the petition saying if the copy of the footage is given without taking into consideration the Fundamental Rights and the Right of Privacy of the victim, the same will adversely affect the case of the prosecution.