An actress who was returning home from a shoot in Kochi, was abducted, forced into a car, sexually assaulted and the proceedings recorded, to blackmail her in the future. However, the bold actress took this matter to the police and the criminals, headed by Sunil Kumar (aka Pulsar Suni) were apprehended and investigations were initiated. This case shocked the whole nation and set into effect the #MeToo motion. When leading actor Dileep was accused as the mastermind in this case and later remanded to custody, things took a turn for the worse. Dileep was later released but the court proceedings are still on.
Recently, there was a hearing on this case in the Kerala High Court under the aegis of the Principal Sessions Judge. Reports state that the victim had put forth three requests to the Court - a woman judge be appointed to oversee the case, a special court be constituted to hear this case and also that there be an in-camera trial for this case. The High Court accepted that there were indeed provisions for sanctioning this request and immediately announced that a special CBI Judge - Honey M Varghese would be hearing the case.
When Dileep's counsel and Pulsar Suni's counsel put forth pleas against this, the High Court effectively overruled them and also asked that this case be completed within a span of 9 months, as it required a speedy trial. Speaking about this, a lawyer from the court mentioned, “The Kerala High has granted the survivor's appeal on Monday and asked the case to be disposed of within nine months. The Ernakulam Additional Sessions court, which is one of the CBI courts in the district, has a woman judicial officer. The case has been posted there!" This comes as a major setback for Dileep, who has also been accused of trying to delay the case.Read More