Two executive members of AMMA have filed an impleading petition in the Kerala High Court in connection with the case involving the abduction and rape of a woman actor, in which actor Dileep has been named as an accused.
The two AMMA members, Honey Rose and Rachana Narayanankutty, have sought that the case be heard by a woman judge.
The Kerala High Court is set to hear the two members' plea on Friday along with a plea filed by Dileep demanding a CBI inquiry into the case. The Kerala government had earlier told the court that the case should be fast-tracked and heard by a woman judge. The government had also called for an in-camera trial.
This move comes after the actor's body was criticised for its intention to reinstate Dileep, who was a part of the association earlier. Dileep was expelled from the body last year for his alleged involvement in the abduction and rape of a Malayalam movie actor. Sources say that AMMA's decision to make two of its members support the survivor in her demand for a woman judge is to salvage their reputation which had taken a hit for various statements by its members at different points of time, indulging in victim shaming.
The woman actor was abducted in February 2017 and taken around in a van by her abductors. The prime accused in the case, a criminal called Pulsar Suni, had told the police that it was actor Dileep who had given him money to abduct the actor and sexually assault her. Pulsar Suni had said that the assault had been captured on a mobile phone and the intention was to blackmail the actor and her then fiancé using the footage. It is unclear if the Kerala police have retrieved this footage.
Dileep has delayed the trial considerably by asking the court to first give him a copy of the mobile footage. Recently, he approached the court again, saying that he wanted around 32 case documents to be handed to his lawyers.