Dileep
The magistrate observed that the plea was rejected to send a message to others who were also of criminal bend of mind.
PTI

All eyes were on the Judicial Magistrate of the Angamaly court last week as actor Dileep's bail plea came up for hearing.

Though the news that the court had rejected bail had made headlines on Saturday, the order copy was out only on Monday.

Rejecting bail for Dileep, who has been accused of masterminding the conspiracy behing the abduction and sexual assault of a prominent woman actor, the magistrate said that the allegations against Dileep were grievous in nature.

The magistrate also added that Dileep's plea was rejected to send a message to others who were of the same bend of mind that such crimes will not be tolerated.

Dileep's counsel, Ramkumar, has been saying that there is no evidence whatsoever against the actor to link him to the conspiracy. He'd also claimed on Saturday that it was because of the charges against Dileep that the court had rejected the plea and that it wasn't on the merit of the evidence in the case. 

Dileep is accused of hiring a criminal called Pulsar Suni to sexually assault and take videos of a woman actor on February 17 this year. 

He has been charged under various sections of the IPC including Section 376 (gangrape). The prosecution had strongly argued that if Dileep was given bail, he will tamper with evidence. They had also added that a PR exercise is already underway to paint an innocent image of the actor. 

The magistrate has agreed with the prosecution and has listed possible tampering of evidence as one of the reasons for rejecting bail. Appunni, Dileep's driver and a man who police believe could have been part of the conspiracy, has been missing for some days now.

Dileep's arrest came as a shock to many in the Malayalam film industry although his name his been doing the rounds ever since news of the assault broke out. Dileep's phones are also in police custody and are being examined. The police is also probing others related to or acquainted with Dileep to understand the full extent of the conspiracy.