The police team that arrested actor Dileep on Monday evening has submitted a remand report that says that the actor had offered Rs 2 crore to the prime accused, Sunil Kumar a.k.a Pulsar Suni, to attack the actress and shoot a video of her.
The actress was abducted and sexually assaulted on 17 February 2017, in a moving car in Kochi. Dileep was arrested by the state police on July 10, Monday evening, and was presented before the magistrate on July 11, Tuesday early morning.
Dileep, who is currently the 11th accused in the case, had initially told the police that he had never met Pulsar Suni. However, police investigation revealed that Suni and Dileep knew each other from 2013 or before. They had met in March and April 2013 at various locations – at Hotel Abad Plaza in Kochi, Thoppumpady Junction, Thrissur tennis Club and Thodupuzha Santhigiri College, where he was shooting for various films. According to the police, the conspiracy to attack the actress began in 2013. On November 13, 2016, Suni had met Dileep at the location of his film, Georgettan’s Pooram at Thrissur Press Club, behind a parked caravan.
The police has evidence to prove that Suni and his aides had made several phone calls to Dileep, his friend Nadirshah, and his manager Appunni after the attack, demanding money. The police has also found out that the prime accused had attempted to send a letter to Dileep via his jail mates who are marked as accused 9 and 10 in the case.
According to the police report, the video footage has a clear image of the ring that the actress wore on her right hand finger. The actor, allegedly, had asked Suni for proof that the video is original, and not morphed. The prime accused has ensured that the video has clear visuals of the actress’ face. The police is still probing whether Suni had dropped in at actress Kavya Madhavan’s (Dileep’s wife) clothing store, Laksyah in Kochi on February 22, 2017.
The remand report also says that the actor held a grudge against the actress for breaking his marriage with ex-wife Manju Warrier. Allegedly, in 2013, at the rehearsal session of Mazhavillazhakil Amma, a stage programme organised by AMMA, Dileep had raged at the actress, and other actors had to intervene to cool him down.
Meanwhile, actor-politician Innocent, who is also the president of AMMA (Association Of Malayalam Movie Actors), said that he was shocked to learn about actor Dileep’s alleged involvement in the case. Innocent posted a statement on Facebook from the hospital where he is undergoing chemotherapy. He was not able to attend the AMMA executive meeting which was held at Mammootty’s Kadavanthra residence on Tuesday