A charge sheet was filed on Tuesday in the case of the abduction and alleged rape of a prominent Malayalam actor.
The Special Investigation Team probing the case has named Sunil Kumar Surendran aka Pulsar Suni, 28, as the first accused.
The charge sheet filed in Angamaly first class judicial magistrate court, names seven accused in the case including Pulsar Suni.
Six accused in the case have been charged under IPC 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy), 342 (wrongful confinement), 366 (kidnapping or abducting a woman), 376 (punishment for rape), 506 (1) (criminal intimidation), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 201 (destroying evidence) and sections 66 E and 67 A of the IT Act.
The seventh accused Charly Thomas was charged with IPC Section 212 (harbouring offender).
The other accused in the charge sheet are Martin Antony of Koratty who was the actorâ€™s driver at the time of assault, Vadival Salim of Alappuzha, Pradeep, Vigeesh from Kannur and Manikandan from Kochi.
â€œThere will be another investigation and a separate charge sheet for engaging in conspiracy, and also to find the visuals of the crime. All required evidence for proving the crime is cited in the charge sheet. The chargesheet is also supported by forensic evidence,â€œ Ernakulam rural police superintendent AV George told The Times of India.
The 315-page charge sheet, consisting of 165 witnesses, has been filed within 60 days of the crime, which occurred on February 17.
Investigative officers told media that search for the mobile phone, on which the accused allegedly recorded the crime, would continue.
Police Suni had earlier informed that he had handed over the phone to his advocate Pratheesh Chacko. Police have also interrogated the advocate regarding this.