Kerala

Govt supports actor’s plea for special court

Actor Dileep. File photo.

Actor Dileep. File photo.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Plea seeks court headed by woman

The State government on Monday supported the plea of the survivor in the sexual assault case in which actor Dileep is one of the accused for constituting a special court headed by a woman judge for conducting the trial in the case.

When the petition came up for hearing, Senior Government Pleader Suman Chakravarthy informed the court that considering the special circumstances, the government was of the opinion that a special court might be constituted.

The government would soon address a communication in this regard to the High Court Registry.

The Senior Government Pleader submitted that as the case became a sensational one and widely discussed in the media and also many litigations were arising, the government was of the view that a speedy trial was essential.

The survivor’s petition also challenged the Ernakulam Sessions Court’s refusal of her plea to transfer the case to a sessions court headed by a woman judge on the ground that no woman sessions judge was available in Ernakulam district.

The petitioner said that the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code mandated that the victim of an offence of gang rape should not be compelled to depose or otherwise participate in a trial before a male judge.

This was to protect her privacy and dignity, the petition said.

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