Sanal Kumar, one of the accused in Kerala actor abduction and sexual assault case, who went absconding after getting out on bail, was nabbed by the special investigation team (SIT) on Wednesday.
The Additional CBI Special Court which is considering the preliminary hearing in the case had cancelled ninth accused Sanal Kumar's bail after he continuously failed to appear for court proceedings. On Monday, Justice Honey M Varghese, had warned the surers of Sanal Kumar that they will have to pay a fine of Rs 80,000 each if Sanal Kumar fails to appear in court during the next hearing.
The SIT nabbed 44-year old Sanal Kumar from Pala on Wednesday. For the past few days, Sanal had been living in Pala as a security guard. He was presented at the court on Wednesday soon after he was nabbed, and has been remanded to judicial custody and shifted to Aluva sub jail.
It was in 2017 that a leading female actor from Kerala was abducted and sexually assaulted in a moving vehicle in Kochi. The pretrial proceedings in the case are ongoing in the special court in Ernakulam. Malayalam actor Dileep has been accused of masterminding the attack on the survivor.
It was from Sanal Kumar's phone that the investigation officers initially got links of the connection between Dileep and the case. Allegedly, prime accused Pulsar Suni had used Sanal Kumar's phone to contact Dileep while Suni was in jail. It was following this that actor Dileep was arrested in the case.
At present, there are a total of 10 accused in the case including actor Dileep. Now six accused including Sanal Kumar are in judicial custody; the other four including actor Dileep are out on bail.
The court will continue the preliminary hearing of the defence in the case on December 11. The bail applications of those in judicial custody, excluding Sanal Kumar, will also be considered on the same day.