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Kerala HC extends order restraining the arrest of Dileep and others

The Kerala High Court on Tuesday adjourned to Friday the hearing on the anticipatory bail petitions filed by actor Dileep and five other persons in a case registered for threatening the investigation officer in the actor sexual assault case.

While adjourning the hearing, the court made it clear that the earlier undertaking by the Prosecution that the petitioners would not be arrested would continue till Friday.

According to Dileep and others, the registration of the FIR was "nothing but a vindictive and retaliatory act of investigation officer Baiju Paulose against whom Dileep had initiated criminal contempt of court proceedings for causing obstruction to the administration of justice before the Additional Special Sessions Court trying the assault case.

The case has been registered following the revelations by Balachandrakumar who claims to be a friend of Dileep that he had overheard Dileep telling somebody his plans to finish off the investigation officer and attack the team members.The petitioners pointed out that even if the allegations were accepted as true, the case did not make out any ingredients of any of the offences alleged. The allegations were based merely on talks between certain individuals.

They feared that they would be arrested as the only purpose of the registration of the case was to take petitioners into ilelgal custody , harass and humiliate them before the public and torture them in custody.

Sarath, a friend of Dileep, has also filed an anticipatory bail petition before the court .According to him he was a businessman and had been acquaintance with Dileep for more than 25 years. The intention of the investigating agency was to threaten the persons who were giving assistance to Dileep and also with an intention to protract the trial.


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