The Kerala High Court has listed 19 points in its judgment denying bail to actor Dileep in the Malayalam actor abduction and sexual assault case.
On Monday, the court said that the memory card, which is a vital piece of evidence, in the case is yet to be recovered and that giving the actor bail might hamper the police's investigation.
On February 17, the prominent woman actor was abducted and sexually assaulted by four persons, including prime accused Pulsar Suni, in a moving van. The crime was videographed and Suni had allegedly told the woman actor that the person who'd asked him to commit the assault had demanded photographic and videographic evidence of the incident.
After Dileep was arrested on July 10 for allegedly being the mastermind in the conspiracy which led to the assault, the police conducted a raid in the office premises of Lakshyah, an online boutique owned by actor Kavya Madhavan who is married to Dileep.
The police is said to have conducted the raid in the belief that the memory card was handed over to someone at the shop. Pulsar Suni had mentioned visiting a shop in Kakkanad in a letter he had allegedly written to Dileep.
There is also speculation that a copy of the memory card was retrieved even as the original remains missing. Police sources have not confirmed this information.
By July 17, reports said that the original memory card was seized from Raju Joseph, the junior of Pulsar Suni's earlier counsel Pratheesh Chacko. However, the visuals were not found in the memory card and it was also sent for forensic testing.
Pratheesh Chacko, who'd earlier claimed that he'd given the mobile which was used to record the crime to his junior to be passed on to a 'VIP', later changed his statement. He surrendered to the police for alleged suppression of evidence and claimed that the memory card had been destroyed.
There are also rumours that the memory card was flown out of the country before Dileep's arrest took place.
The Kerala HC as well as the Angamaly Court observed that there was sufficient evidence to show that Dileep was involved in the conspiracy and that granting him bail would compromise the case and might influence witnesses.